COVID-19 Situation report - It covers the period from 15 to 30 November 2020
According to the Cameroonian Ministry of Health (MoH) the relentless fight against COVID-19 continues all over the country. Epidemiological data indicated 638 new infections in week 48 of the epidemic (21 to 27 November 2020), bringing the total number of positive cases to 24,507, including 23,478 recoveries and 441deaths.
The epidemic is spreading in schools, with 138 positives cases reported among teachers and 189 among students as of 2 December 2020 in all ten regions of the country.
The case fatality rate as per 30 November was 1.8 per cent which is one the lowest in Africa. Cameroon is the eleventh in the list of countries with the highest number of positive cases in Africa.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will hold a conference in Yaoundé on the strengthening of coordination and partnerships for a holistic COVID-19 response in Cameroon from 3 to 4 December 2020.
24,5K COVID-19 cases
775 Active cases
18,1K Samples tested for COVID-19 (TDR+PCR)
1,8% Fatality rate
On 26 November 2020, Cameroon has passed the milestone of 24,000 positive cases, while remained the eleventh African country with the highest number of confirmed cases and the one with the highest cure rate of 95 per cent. On 25 November, the Ministry of health chaired, by teleconference, the COVID-19 response weekly evaluation meeting with the regional Delegates of public health. The number of COVID-19 positive cases continued increasing in schools in the reporting period. From 19 to 25 November, 131 teachers and 189 students were tested positive among respectively 19,808 teachers and 25,186 students in the ten regions of the country. The spread of the number of cases in education facilities was a consequence from the non-compliance with barrier measures in schools, despite the Government’s efforts to limit the number of students per classroom. Following the increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in schools, the government and the Africa CDC extended the campaign to strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in health facilities to the disinfection of some schools in the Far North, West and South regions. The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases also concerns the United Nations (UN) and NGOs staff in Cameroon. On 30 November 2020, the UN clinic reported 128 cumulative cases, among them 93 staff members from UN agencies, four staff members from NGOs and 31 dependents. On 26 November, the regional delegation of public health in the East region with the technical support of the Organization of Coordination for the fight against Endemic diseases in Central Africa (OCEAC) organized a training workshop in Bertoua for health personnel and other sectors in charge of COVID-19 monitoring in the main cross-border corridors / nodes between Cameroon and Central African Republic. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will hold a conference in Yaoundé on the strengthening of coordination and partnerships for a holistic COVID-19 response in Cameroon from 3 to 4 December 2020.
Gaps & constraints
Logistical difficulties associated with transporting testing teams and passengers who are tested positive for COVID-19 from the Yaounde Nsimalen airport to health facilities.
Difficulties related to the disinfection of baggage and cargo at arrival at the airports.
Absence of approved protocol and regulations for coordinated action in the disinfection of schools.