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Easing COVID-19 restrictions in Cameroon

Life in Cameroon is slowly returning to normal despite the continued increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases writes Promise Forsuh, 23-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent from Cameroon. The government of the West African country recently eased the strict restrictions that were implemented two weeks after the first confirmed case of the virus in Cameroon on March 6, 2020. 

 

After closing the country’s borders in March to limit the number of imported cases of the virus, the government reopened the borders and received the country’s first commercial flight on Sunday, May 24.

Meanwhile, bars, nightclubs and restaurant owners are now allowed to keep their establishments open later than 6 pm, however, all employees and customers must wear masks and maintain all social distancing protocols.

Some measure of normalcy is also expected to return to the education sector.

The government says on June 1, schools will reopen for primary and secondary school exam students.

Places of worship are also looking for some reprieve from the lockdown  The office of the Archbishop of Cameroon has called for the resumption of church services with the understanding that churches would respect the compulsory wearing of masks and social distancing. Since the restrictions imposed because of COVID-19, Christians have had to tune in to church services online and on television instead of gathering for worship.

On May 26,  there were 5362 confirmed cases, 175 deaths, 1996 recovered and 3191 active COVID-19 cases in Cameroon.

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Photo Credit: Voice of America

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About Promise Forsuh: I am a graduate with a first degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from National Polytechnic University Institute Bamenda. My ambition is to become a celebrity journalist or a great Public and International Relations Practitioner. I am interested in writing for both print and broadcast, not only doing journalistic writing but fiction as well. Presently, I work as a volunteer for SOPECAM as a journalist in my country.

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?
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