The French ambassador to Cameroon, Christophe Guilhou, announced on 16 March 2020 through his Twitter account that he has taken exceptional measures to deal with the alarming spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“All our agents returning from France to Cameroon are obliged to quarantine themselves for 14 days. All our missions in France are suspended. Our services will be reduced to the essentials,” he tweeted.
According to Christophe Guilhou, these measures are part of France's duty to protect its agents and the Cameroonian public in the face of a pandemic that “constitutes a serious and unprecedented threat.” In the same wake, all French schools in Cameroon were closed.
This measure follows the closure of nurseries, primary schools, colleges, high schools, and universities, in France, decided by Emmanuel Macron on March 12, 2020. “Our children and our youngest, according to scientists, are the ones who seem to spread the virus most rapidly. They sometimes have no symptoms and fortunately, do not seem to suffer today from an acute form of the disease,” the French President said.