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Cameroon begins charging for PCR COVID-19 test

A medical worker prepares to vaccinate a man against COVID-19 in Yaounde, Cameroon, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)

Cameroon has started charging for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 test, according to the country's Minister of Public Health Malachie Manaouda.

YAOUNDE, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon on Wednesday started charging for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 test, according to the country's Minister of Public Health Malachie Manaouda.

Manaouda said that the test will now cost 30,000 xaf (approximately 48 U.S. dollars).

A man receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Yaounde, Cameroon, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)

Payment will be effected through a platform for the dematerialization of public receipts, but also on physical sites allowing the generation of a unique code and a receipt, he said.

The officials did not explain why the test that was previously free of charge will now be paid for.

As of May 11, Cameroon had 119,947 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1,930 deaths. And 11 percent of the target population had received at least one vaccine dose, according to the Ministry of Public Health.■