2020 coronavirus pandemic in Cameroon

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Cameroon in March 2020.

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Cameroon
COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in Cameroon.svg
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationCameroon
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseYaoundé
Arrival date6 March 2020
(1 month and 2 days)
Confirmed cases685[1]
Recovered60
Deaths
9
Territories
Bafoussam, Douala & Yaounde

BackgroundEdit

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[2][3]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[4][5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[6][4]

TimelineEdit

Active casesEdit

COVID-19 cases in Cameroon  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
Date
# of cases
2020-02-24
1(+1) (n.a.)
1(=)
2020-03-06
2(+1) (+100%)
2(=)
2020-03-18
7(+5) (+250%)
7(=)
2020-03-20
27(+20) (+286%)
2020-03-21
40(+13) (+48%)
40(=)
2020-03-23
56(+16) (+40%)
2020-03-24
66(+10) (+18%)
2020-03-25
70(+4) (+6%)
2020-03-26
88(+18) (+26%)
2020-03-27
92(+4) (+5%)
2020-03-28
113(+21) (+23%)
2020-03-29
139(+26) (+23%)
2020-03-30
142(+3) (+2%)
2020-03-31
193(+51) (+36%)
2020-04-01
233(+40) (+21%)
2020-04-02
284(+51) (+22%)
2020-04-03
509(+225) (+79%)
2020-04-04
555(+46) (+9%)
555(=)
2020-04-06
658(+103) (+18%)
Sources: various news sources and state health department websites. See Timeline Table and Timeline narrative for sources.

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Cameroon, Central Africa on 6 March with its first confirmed case.[7] The infected person is a French national who arrived in the capital Yaoundé 24 February.[8][9][10]

The second case in the country was announced on 6 March. The case was a Cameroonian citizen who was in close contact with the first case, but officials did not release any further information on the case.[11]

Five new cases were confirmed on 18 March. Although further information about the victims was not published, one of the confirmed victims is a foreigner.[12]

The Minister of Public Health, Dr. Malachie Manaouda, revealed on 23 March that among the 16 cases tested positive that morning, 9 were from Douala, 6 in Yaoundé, and one in Bafoussam.[13]

On 27 March, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Cameroon reached 91 with the break down per areas as: 63 in Yaounde, 25 in Douala and 3 in Bafoussam.[14][15][16][17]

The total number of COVID-19 cases keep climbing up in the country. On 30 March, the Minister of Public Health announced that Cameroon had 142 active cases with 6 deaths.[18]

On 2 April, the number of COVID-19 cases in Cameroon climbed to 286.[19]

On 6 April, the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 658.[20]

DeathsEdit

There have been two confirmed [15] COVID-19 deaths in Cameroon by the Health Minister.[21] The first death occurred on 24 March.[22]

Medical supplies donationEdit

Jack Ma donated medical supplies (20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical-use protective suits and face shields) to Cameroon to assist the efforts to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic in Africa.[23] The supplies arrived to Cameroon's Yaounde Nsimalen Airport on 27 March.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CoronaStat Cameroun". covid19.cm.fmagweth.com. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  2. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. ^ Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  5. ^ "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  7. ^ Kouagheu, Josiane (6 March 2020). "Cameroon confirms first case of coronavirus". Reuters. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  8. ^ Lukong, Pius; Woussou, Kossi (6 March 2020). "Cameroon, Togo Report First Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus". Bloomberg. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Cameroon confirms first case of coronavirus". National Post. Reuters. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Cameroon Confirms First Case of Coronavirus". The New York Times. Reuters. 6 March 2020. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  11. ^ Ndi, Ndi Eugene (6 March 2020). "Cameroon confirms second case of coronavirus". The East African. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Coronavirus: Cameroon confirms 5 new cases". Business in Cameroon. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Cameroon: Coronavirus cases rise to 56". Journal du Cameroun.com. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Coronavirus : le Cameroun compte désormais 91 cas confirmés". actucameroun.com (in French). 27 March 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Cameroon: COVID-19 cases hit 88". Journal du Cameroun.com. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Cameroon: Coronavirus cases climb to 66". Journal du Cameroun.com. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Panic as confirmed coronavirus cases in Cameroon hit 70". mimimefoinfos.com. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Cameroon's Coronavirus cases move up to 142". www.journalducameroun.com. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Cameroon's COVID-19 cases climb up to 193".
  20. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live): 955,136 Cases and 48,578 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Worldometer". www.worldometers.info. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Cameroon confirms 1st death from COVID-19". Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Cameroon confirms 1st death from COVID-19".
  23. ^ "China's richest man sends medical supplies to Cameroon". www.aa.com.tr.