By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Sunday, May 17, 2020.
A Cameroonian man who died of alleged COVID-19 has been buried for a second time on Sunday, May 17, 2020.
The supposed COVID-19 victim died at Laquintinie, a popular government-run hospital in Douala, the capital city of Cameroon’s Littoral Region on Saturday, May 16, 2020, and was buried the same day.
Family members exhumed the corpse early Sunday, May 17, 2020, but were apprehended by law enforcement officials.
His relatives contested the reason for his death and refused it wasn’t COVID-19. Their move to exhume and ferry the corpse out of Douala was foiled when law enforcement officials caught up with them.
He was reburied today. The exhumers are being held at a detention center in Bonaberi, a quarter in Douala, National Telegraph can confirm.
They were taking the corpse for burial in Bangou, the deceased’s hometown in the West Region.
Cameroon now has 3,105 confirmed COVID-19 cases with a total of 140 deaths.
Many families have in the past contested declarations from state authorities, tagging the deaths of their loved ones to COVID-19.
Cameroon has paradoxically opened bars and social areas while schools and churches remain closed despite soaring COVID-19 cases.