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13 mars 2020 | 11h53 UTC

Cameroon: Authorities implement entry restrictions due to COVID-19 as of March 13 /update 1

Cameroon Alerte de sécurité

Authorities require negative COVID-19 test result before visa obtention as of March 13; adhere to all government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 13/3/2020, 12h00 until 13/4/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Cameroon

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Event

Cameroonian authorities have announced on Friday, March 13, that the presentation of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result carried out by an approved institution will be required for the issuance of an entry visa to Cameroon.

As of Friday, March 13, two COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Cameroon.

Further spread of the virus is expected internationally in the near future.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the risk of spread and the risk of impact of the virus is "very high" at the global level.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone non-essential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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