CAR Citizens Knock Govt Over Display Of Russian Movie Without Observing COVID-19 Protocols

The Central African Republic government is being challenged by citizens and medical professionals for flouting COVID-19 protocols.

Central African Republic citizens in the capital city, Bangui, have condemned the government’s showing of a Russian movie without observing COVID-19 protocols at the time the country is dealing with the second wave of the pandemic.

Doctors and other health practitioners in Bangui expressed concerns over the government’s decision to allow citizens to watch a Russian film in the 20,000 seat Bangui stadium without wearing nose masks and observing social distancing.

The Russian film titled “Tourist,” was projected on Thursday, May 14, at a time when a second wave of COVID-19 has hit the country with more infections being recorded.

A senior medical officer in Bangui who opted for anonymity complained about the government’s management of the situation.

“Of course, because of this lackadaisical approach by the government, almost everybody in the stadium that day did not wear a mask. This was very irresponsible,” the medical officer lamented.

This happened just a day after Dr Pierre Somse, the country’s Minister of Health, held a press briefing during which he announced that a new variant of COVID-19 was in circulation in the Central African Republic.

Dr Somse said the new variant of the virus currently in the country circulates quickly, contaminates quickly, and causes more damage.

The minister revealed that the new COVID-19 variant is capable of infecting even persons who have already been infected by the COVID-19 and successfully cured.

The COVID-19 situation in the Central African Republic as of Monday, May 17, stands at 6,866 positive cases, 5,112 cases successfully treated, and 95 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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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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