The Minister of External Relations (Minrex), Lejeune Mbella Mbella, summoned the chargé of the Embassy of the Central African Republic (CAR), Jean-Baptiste Zinai on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, to express Cameroon's “indignation” at the treatment inflicted on Cameroonian nationals in the CAR, accused of importing coronavirus (Covid-19) to this neighboring country.
On May 1, the Central African Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Pierre Somse, stated in a communiqué that out of the 22 positive cases of coronavirus registered in the CAR as of 26 April 2020, 17 were truck drivers, 14 of whom came from Cameroon. These remarks have led to the “stigmatization” of Cameroonians living in the CAR.
In a previous press release, this member of the Central African government had requested that anyone coming from Cameroon be imperatively subjected to the Covid-19 test.
On 28 April, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (Minusca) formally banned Cameroonian road transporters from entering the country because of the current emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Minusca finally lifted the ban three days later.