By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Sunday, March 29, 2020.
At least two staff at the Cameroon embassy in Paris, France are suspected to have died of COVID-19, National Telegraph has been told.
58-year-old Germian Batoba fondly called Jeremie Baro died at his residence in Paris, early Sunday, March 29, 2020. Not much has been disclosed about the other victim but sources confirmed the death, adding it’s a male staff at the same embassy and worked with Baro.
Reports say a COVID-19 crew arrived Baro’s residence after a group of the first responders who tried to resuscitate him around 11 am, Saturday, March 28, pronounced him dead early Sunday.
It’s not clear what the COVID-19 crew did, but Baro’s fiancé, Bertha Manike who spoke to National Telegraph from Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, confirmed the crew arrived at Baro’s but can’t exactly say if her partner died of COVID-19.
Manike, however, explained the news she got from Paris suggest Baro died of the virus, adding she’s taking necessary measures to isolate herself and take the test.
Baro and Manike were due to wed this week or as soon the COVID-19 lockdown was over before the incident, Manike explained in tears.
Baro dropped his fiancé off at the airport in Paris on March 10, when she took off for Cameroon to commence preparations for their wedding.
Baro was supposed to follow almost immediately after but was trapped by new traveling regulations amidst the Coronavirus.
“I was with him for three weeks, on March 10, he dropped me off at the airport to travel to Cameroon. He was supposed to follow me but was held down by the lockdown,” Manike said.
Manike also said it’s the most shocking thing in her life. She chatted with Baro while traveling from Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital to Yaounde, Friday night but was surprised to see his picture on Facebook hours after she had arrived and rested.
“I thought it was a joke and I commented on one of the posts why they were joking. I then turned to my WhatsApp to call him when I saw messages from family and friends in Paris confirming it,” she said.
Baro’s from Bassamba village in Bassamba sub-division, Ndé Division in Cameroon’s West Region. Bangangté is the capital of Ndé. Baro is survived by four children.
An unspecified number of Cameroonians have already died of COVID-19 in France, including, Emmanuel N’Djoké fondly called Manu Dibango, a Cameroonian musician, and songwriter and another case of an aged man who died at the Bichat–Claude Bernard Hospital, located in the 18th District of Paris, France.
The COVID-19 is affecting 199 countries and territories with total confirmed cases at 721,277 and 33,942 deaths. France is the 6th most infected country with a total of 40,174 confirmed cases, 2,606 deaths. France reported its first case on January 23, 2020.