It's official. The Cameroonian government has decided to make the wearing of masks in public places compulsory. The decision enters into force as from today April 13, according to Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute.
Before this decision, masks were only worn by caregivers, patients and those who care for infected people, in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
But in the face of the rapid and worrying spread of the coronavirus, with more than 800 cases in the country, authorities have decided to strengthen prevention measures.
“We must reserve medical and surgical masks for front-line staff. But the idea of using masks that cover the airways or mouth to prevent spreading the disease into the environment and to others...is not a bad idea,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, a WHO emergency expert.
Wearing masks is now part of the barrier measures to counter Covid-19 in Cameroon, along with handwashing and social distancing. People are now obliged to cover their nose and mouths for all outdoor activities, failure of which is subject to penalty of punishment, warns the Prime Minister.