Covid-19: Cameroon apply drastic measures, Tunisia imposes curfew

The Tunisian President believes that this sacrifice is necessary to bring the situation back to normal within 15 days. But the Cameroonian Prime Minister announced a total of thirteen measures after a crisis meeting organized at the palace.

“The land, air and sea borders of Cameroon are closed: all passenger flights from abroad are suspended, except for cargo flights and ships carrying current consumer products,” said Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, in his speech.

President Paul Biya of Cameroon
President Paul Biya of Cameroon

The other measures concern the closure of universities, schools, colleges, high schools, and universities until further notice. The issuance of entry visas at the various airports is also suspended, and “gatherings of more than 50 people” prohibited. From 6 p.m., the drinking establishments, restaurants, and places of leisure must close,” specifies the head of government. Cameroon has ten people infected with covid-19, according to official figures as of March 17.

In Tunisia, Kais Saied also announced that he would donate half of his salary to the fight against covid-2019. This measure is in addition to previous announcements of the closure of schools, mosques, courts, as well as the ban on parties and sporting events.

Tunisian President,  Kais Saied
©Muhammad Hamed/Reuters – Tunisian President, Kais Saied

The land, sea, and air borders are closed from Wednesday until at least April 4, except for commercial transport and special flights to bring the thousands of tourists and travelers stranded in the country. “Tunisia is asking international institutions to be understanding,” said Saied, stressing the dramatic economic consequences of the current health crisis.

He also called on parliament to introduce bills to cushion the impact, for example, by rescheduling the debt of affected businesses. Twenty-four patients have been identified, the majority from France and Italy, and no death has been officially recorded, as of March 17, 2020.

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