By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, and Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Friday, March 6, 2020.
Cameroon has joined the trail of other African countries that have confirmed Coronavirus. The confirmation of the Coronavirus patients was made by the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Manaouda Malachie in a press release, March 6, 2020.
One of the patients is a 58-year-old French citizen who arrived in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital on February 24, 2020, National Telegraph can confirm. “The active surveillance put in place since the occurrence of COVID-19 outbreak has made it possible to detect this case,” Manaouda said.
Manaouda said the confirmed patient was placed in solitary confinement in the care center of the Yaounde Central Hospital for appropriate treatment. He also assured the public that the government is taking all measures in place to contain the possible risks of the continuous spread of the virus.
The other patient the Minister said is a Cameroonian who has been in close contact with the first confirmed case and has been placed under monitor like the other.
He also urged the public to be vigilant and respect the hygiene. The confirmation of the Coronavirus cases in Cameroon brings the number to 29 cases reported in Africa. Algeria is the worst affected in Africa with 17 cases, by press time, 16 of them are from the same family.
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa while addressing the press after confirming Coronavirus case in his country, urged the South Africans not to panic and get immediate medical help if they get the symptoms of COVID-19
Coronavirus, which broke out in Wuhan China in December last year, has since spread to over 60 countries, including African countries. Investigative Editor of National Telegraph, Eric Tataw, earlier hinted the virus was in Cameroon but its health ministry said nothing about the allegations until now.