West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
Trends

Cameroon

More than 35,000 cases in the country

  • First case: 6 March 2020

  • Total cases: 35,714 (as of 24 February 2021)

  • Total deaths: 551

  • Schools: On 1 June 2020, reopening of universities and schools (only for exams)

  • Borders/flights: Reopening of some borders .

  • Containment measures: Starting December 2020, as part of its enhanced COVID-19 prevention measures, the Government requires that all passengers bound for Cameroon to be systematically tested for COVID-19 on arrival at the international airports of Douala and Yaounde Nsimalen. In addition, a negative PCR test from less than three days prior to the departure to Cameroon should be presented by passengers. The Minister of Health called for the respect of prevention measures

Situation:

As of 24 February, Cameroon had confirmed 35,714 cases and 551 deaths. Ongoing transmission is placing a massive strain on a health-care system already overwhelmed by lack of capacity and ongoing disease outbreaks. The ten regions are affected by the pandemic. People in the South-West, North-West, Far North and East regions affected by humanitarian crises face significant difficulties in accessing essential services, including health and food. The situation is expected to worsen due to the strain on the weakened health system and decreased coping strategies.

Response:

The multisectoral response has been put into place through the direct involvement of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC).

The IMF approved on 4 May a disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) of US$ 226 million to support the authorities’ efforts in addressing Cameroon’s urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the terms of trade shocks from the sharp fall in oil prices. Official links:

Cameroun: Plan de préparation et de réponse au COVID-19

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