West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report


Cameroon has the third highest cases in West and Central Africa

  • First case: 6 March 2020

  • Total cases: 16,057 (as of 16 July 2020)

  • Total deaths: 369

  • Schools: On 1 June, reopening of universities and schools (only for exams)

  • Borders/flights: All borders closed.

  • Containment measures: The government has put in place a series of strict measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 (closing schools and educational or training institutions, banning gatherings of all kinds, imposing the use of face masks on public transport), although a comprehensive lockdown has not been promulgated to date.


As of 16 July, Cameroon had confirmed 16,057 cases and 369 deaths. Ongoing transmission is placing a massive strain on a health-care system already overwhelmed by lack of capacity and ongoing disease outbreaks. Nine out of ten regions are affected by the pandemic including the South West and North West. People in the regions affected by humanitarian crises face significant difficulties in accessing essential services, including health and food. The situation is expected to worsen due to the strain on the weakened health system and decreased coping strategies.


The multisectoral response has been put into place through the direct involvement of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC).

The IMF approved on 4 May a disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) of US$ 226 million to support the authorities’ efforts in addressing Cameroon’s urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the terms of trade shocks from the sharp fall in oil prices. Official links:

Cameroun: Plan de préparation et de réponse au COVID-19