In Cameroon, Violating COVID-19 Restrictions Can Get You Arrested

YAOUNDE – Police in Cameroon have begun arresting people who defy measures put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far has infected 139 people in the central African state. Police are sealing shops that exceed maximum numbers for customers, impounding vehicles that carry too many passengers, and this week arrested more than 50 prostitutes for sneaking into hotels used to isolate suspected cases. Jean Claude Tsila, the top government official in Mfoundi Division, the administrative unit where Yaounde is located, said he was appalled to…

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If Coronavirus Hits Libyan Detention Centers It Would be a ‘Massacre’

WASHINGTON – While much of the world is under orders to practice social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus, there are certain places where such distance is impossible.     Overcrowded migrant detention centers, particularly those in Libya, are among the places most at risk for an outbreak. With dozens of people sharing a room and little access to running water, these makeshift centers can be a breeding ground for disease in normal times. A highly contagious airborne virus like coronavirus could spread at lightning speed, say experts.     “Once coronavirus will…

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