A video, shared thousands of times on Facebook since its upload on March 27, claims to show victims of the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Cameroon. In this short sequence (30 seconds), we see bodies covered with sheets or wrapped in body bags lying on the ground. A man, with his nose and mouth protected by a protective mask and a mobile phone in his hand, also appears in the video. He is seen walking around the remains and closing one of the body bags while another person, invisible on the screen, is filming the scene.
The comments following the video claim that the government and media are not telling the whole truth about the extent of the coronavirus in Cameroon.
Yet this video was not shot in Cameroon, but rather in Guinea. Some Internet users also notify this in their comments. "It's not true, it's the regional hospital of N'Zérékoré," wrote Béatrice Condé, a 20-year-old law student who lives in N'Zérékoré, in southeastern Guinea.
A reverse search using screenshots sends us to a Guinean website. "Here we are in the morgue of the regional hospital of N'Zérékoré, 21 bodies are recorded, including 5 girls and 16 boys," according to the caption of the video.
According to the website, the bodies are those of people killed in inter-community violence between the rival communities of Guerzé and Konianké on March 23, the day after the double legislative and referendum elections in Guinea. The same information is reported by other Guinean sites. All these facts prove that this video was not shot in Cameroon nor is it related to people who died of Covid-19.
According to a report released on the evening of April 7, 2020, Cameroon officially has recorded 685 cases, including 9 deaths and 43 recovered.
Patricia Ngo Ngouem