The Government of Cameroon has ordered Thursday the closure of churches advocating the violation of restrictions imposed by the authorities to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and to try to control the spread of COVID-19.
The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, highlighted in a note sent to the provincial authorities that he has been informed that pastors of unregistered Pentecostal churches have preached against the restrictions and in favor of the population ignoring them.
He pointed out that some of these religious leaders have banned the use of masks claiming that the coronavirus does not exist and have advocated only prayers as a method of prevention, according to the newspaper ‘Journal du Cameroun’.
Nji also said that several students last year failed to take their official exams after going to these churches after they were prevented from attending classes without the mask, which they refused to wear according to the instructions received in these churches.
Cameroonian authorities have so far confirmed 44,781 cases of coronavirus, with 651 deaths, according to data provided by the African Union (AU) Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
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