Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: France closes its schools in Cameroon

The measure was taken by the French ambassador, Christophe Guilhou, and communicated to the managers of the Lycée Fustel de Coulanges and the Lycée Dominique Savio de Douala.

Due to the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic in Cameroon, already increased to five cases on Monday March 16, 2020, France has decided to close its schools on the national territory, for a period of 7 days. 

This decision was taken by the French Ambassador to Cameroon, Christophe Guilhou, and given as directives to the heads of establishments of the Lycée Fustel de Coulanges in Yaoundé, and the Lycée Dominque Savio in Douala. 

In an email from the Principal of the Lycée Fustel, Bruno Mercier, to his colleagues, we can read: "Due to current sanitary conditions and as a precautionary measure, the Ambassador of France has therefore decided to close the two Fustel establishments in Coulanges and Savio for a period of 7 days from Monday March 16”.

This news is corroborated by the French ambassador to Cameroon: “It is a question of confining the pupils and the teaching staff who return from contaminated countries. This is to fight the spread of COVID-19, ”he said in a tweet. This temporary closure will therefore make it possible to quarantine teachers and pupils who have come from Europe in recent days, in order to be fixed on their health reports, before "reopening in a week, after the end of the confinement period", adds Christophe Guilhou. 

The spread of the Coronavirus, which has been significant since this weekend in Cameroon, has not yet forced the local authorities to take this type of measure in favor of Education. It should be noted that most of the cases officially reported so far are people from France.