Cameroon has recorded its first coronavirus related death on Tuesday, the government announced.
According to a Twitter post by the Health Minister, Malachie Manaouda, the victim had returned from Italy and was already infected on his arrival.
“Unfortunately we have registered our first death due to COVID-19,” Manaouda said.
The official count of coronavirus cases in the Central African nation has risen to 66. But the figures are restricted by the limited laboratory capacity for testing.
The Cameroonian government has already taken measures to stem the spread of the virus, closing schools, restaurants and bars but has not so far sought to confine residents to their homes.