Cameroon’s health minister confirmed 44 COVID-19-related deaths in February while warning of a potential second wave of the pandemic due to a rise in coronavirus infections.

“From June 2020 to February 2021, 74 deaths were recorded at Orca. Of 215 patients admitted from 22-28 February, 25 deaths were recorded. We count a total of 44 deaths at Orca in the month of February alone,” Manaouda Malachie said Monday, according to Cameroon Radio Television (CRTVweb).

“We are not far from the second wave. Clusters are multiplying. If we remain indisciplined, we will get to the second wave,” CRTVweb quoted Malachie as saying.

He said, however, that a second wave could be avoided if people follow preventive measures.

“Cases are rising because we have gone back to social activities like marriages and burials without wearing our masks and respecting social distancing measures,” Malachie said, according to CRTVweb.

“Three months ago, we had no COVID-19 patients at Orca. We currently have 181 patients at Orca, and 36 are on oxygen,” he added.

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