British, Indian, And South African COVID-19 Variants Now In Cameroon

Cameroon, in its battle with the Covid-19 pandemic has faced all variants of the virus.

Authorities in Cameroon have raised alarm that the country is now plagued by all the variants of COVID-19 so far identified worldwide.

They include the British (Alpha) with 43 variants, the South African (Beta) with 17 variants and the Indian (Delta) with 14 variants.

Dr Dion Ngute, Cameroon’s Prime Minister disclosed this Thursday, Aug. 12 at a meeting to evaluate the government response strategy against the pandemic.

Dr Manaouda Malachie, Minister of Public Health during the meeting presented a broad overview of the COVID-19 situation in the country. 

He revealed that to date, there are 82,512 positive cases in Cameroon with 80,929 infected persons already successfully treated, giving a success rate of 98.1 per cent.

In the past two months, the minister revealed that the number of fatalities from the disease has increased from 1,310 to 1,341.

 These figures indicate a tendency of decline in the number of infections but the minister called on Cameroonians to remain prudent especially as the country has already registered the three most dangerous variants of the virus namely the British Alpha, South African Beta and the Indian Delta variants.

 “In view of the high risks of contamination of the Delta variant reputed to be very dangerous, the response dispositive has been reinforced at the land, maritime and air borders and by systematic tests, the intensification of vaccination, the deployment of mobile teams and the reinforcement of confidence within the communities,” an official the Ministry of Public Health told HumAngle.

According to Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, Director of the World Health Organisation for Africa, “the Delta variant could be 60 per cent more contagious than the other variants”. 

“A higher contagiousness signifies more cases, more hospitalisations and a higher risk of submerging the health system. Certain observations also suggest  that the Delta variant is linked to more serious and longer infection periods.”

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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