Cameroon makes face masks compulsory as COVID-19 cases soar

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YAOUNDE, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Cameroonians on Monday began wearing face masks after authorities made mask-wearing mandatory in public spaces.

"We were pleased to discover this morning Cameroonians wearing face masks in the streets and other places." Cameroon's Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie told reporters.

"The general wearing of the face masks will make it possible for Cameroonians to protect themselves and their loved ones", said Manaouda.

Defaulters will be sanctioned, according to the mask-wearing-decision that was announced last week by the government.

The Cameroonian government is planning a massive local production of masks, hand gels, and other materials to fight the virus, according to the government decree making it mandatory to wear the mask.

According to the latest report from the country's health authorities, as of April 12, Cameroon has reported 848 COVID-19 cases, making it one of the African countries worst hit by the pandemic. Enditem

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