COVID19: Close to 10.000 new cases recorded in 2 months

The Minister of Public Health has said 9976 new cases have been confirmed in Cameroon in the last two months, from December 23, 2020 to February 25, 2021.

He was speaking at a joint press conference granted by three members of government on March 1 in Yaounde. The conference was organized to evaluate Cameroon’s management of the pandemic, exactly one year after the country joined the fight.

The Public Health Minister, Dr. Manaouda Malachie, Communication Minister, Rene Emmanuel Sadi and the Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele said Cameroonians must put hands on deck the fight the virus that is fast spreading in the country.

Current figures

According to the Public Health Minister, Cameroon has seen a spiral of new cases alongside deaths within a very short time.

Confirmed cases : 35 714
Recoveries : 32 594
Deaths : 551
Active cases : 2 672
hospitalized :228
On oxygen : 53
Recovery rate is 92%,
Case fatality rate :1,54% ,
Severity rate of active cases :2,2%
Bed occupation rate : 7,23%

Transmission in the Regions

Dr. Manouda Malachie says the  transmission rate of the virus  in some regions has also become a serious course for concern.

North West : 400 cases
West: 225
Littoral :390 cases
Adamawa: 354

Why are cases soaring ?

The government members are of the opinion the total disrespect of preventive measures largely accounts for the increase in cases.

Dr. Manaouda Malachie says Cameroonians have gone back to social activities like marriages and funerals, “without wearing masks or respecting social distancing measures”.

He warns that Cameroon “could prevent a second wave of infections and vaccination if preventive measures are not respected.

The Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele says respecting preventive measures must be accompanied by an unbeatable commitment to self discipline. “If there is no personal discipline from Cameroonians, all government efforts will be vain. There will be no Gendarme officers to compel people to wear masks or wash hands”.

As the figures continue to surge, the government calls on all Cameroonians to be responsible, and contribute their own quota to eradicating the virus through the strictly keeping to preventive measures.

Kathy Neba Sina

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