The Cameroonian government has announced that 8people have been killed and 38 injured, 7 of them seriously, following a stampede outside the Olympic Stadium in the capital Yaoundé ahead of Cameroon and Comoros African Cup of Nations match.
Although the stadium’s capacity of 60,000 spectators has been reduced due to Corona’s measures, the capacity is increased to 80 percent when the team plays.”Eight deaths were recorded for two women and four men, all in their 30s, as well as a child and a body taken by family members,” said a report by Cameroon’s health ministry.
The injured were taken “immediately by ambulances to hospitals, but traffic slowed the transfer,” the ministry said about 50 people were injured in the stampede, including two with multiple wounds and two others seriously injured in the head, the ministry said. The spokesman said on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the African Cup of Nations Abel Mbengue “there has been a stampede as it can happen when there are crowds. We are waiting for reliable information on the number of victims in this tragic incident.”The African Union, which organizes the continental competition, said in a statement that it was “investigating the incident and trying to get more details about what happened.”In a statement posted online, the federation said it had sent its secretary-general “to visit fans at the hospital in Yaoundé”, adding that he was “in constant contact with the Cameroonian government and the local organizing committee”.