Tue, 14 Jul 2020

YAOUNDE, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon's heath minister Manaouda Malachie has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is entering a "complicated phase" in the country, calling for strict respect of social distancing measures to curb its spread.

"It is important to note that we are entering a complicated phase of the pandemic," Manaouda said in a tweet early Monday. "More than ever, we must protect ourselves, protect our families and protect others by observing barrier measures. Wear a mask when going out and wash your hands regularly."

The warning came as the country's new cases of COVID-19 continued to rise lately.

Cameroon reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 6, an imported case from Europe, and has since March 18 closed national borders, schools and applied social distancing.

So far, Cameroon has reported 4,890 confirmed cases. The tally nearly doubled in half a month.

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