Liberia COVID-19 Cases Increase Again, As Death Overtakes Recovery

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Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Liberia's Minister of Health

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Liberia has jumped from 48 to 50, as 13 new cases were on Saturday recorded, health authorities said.

Currently the country’s COVID-19 death has increased to five with a stable recovery rate of 3.

Accordingly, one of the confirmed cases was imported while 47 were locally transmitted and that six of the indigenous cases have no epidemiological linkage to the index case.

Not all the identified contacts have been reached. Health Authorities have asked contacted persons to undergo self-quarantine as a precautionary measure.

The sudden increase in COVID-19 Case comes two days after Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Minister of Health, issued a warning that the situation may worsen if Liberians continue to disregard the government’s COVID-19 preventive health measures.

“Despite the increase in the number of cases of the country’s coronavirus, people are still flouting the rules and holding public gatherings in Monrovia and its environs. This is wrong and doesn’t mean well for the country,” Min. Jallah said. “The only way we will defeat the virus and keep things under control is when people abide by the rules and the preventive measures,” she added.

The Health Minister’s concerns and warning followed President George Weah’s pronouncement earlier of a State of Emergency that would see all Liberians except essential workers remaining home to contain the spread of the virus.

“My fellow Liberians, although our health team is working assiduously to complete the testing of scores of contacts, let us recognize that the COVID-19 virus has now entered a new phase in our country as we move from protection to containment. The dynamics of our management of the disease have been significantly changed. There will be required additional strong measures to delay the spreading of this highly infectious virus and keep our public safety,” President Weah said on Wednesday when he announced the state of emergency.

Essential workers include: health workers, security personnel and workers in the food and telecommunications industries. State security office will enforce the State of Emergency, which began April 10 at 11:59.

Although Health Authorities are tight-lipped on the location of the new cases, Nimba, Sinkor, Airfield, Matadi, Bardnersville, Brewerville, Duport Road, GSA Road, Logan Town, and Mamba Point have all reported cases. Other areas that have cases include New Georgia, Old Road, Red Light, Rehab, West Point, ELWA and Vai Town.

COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China in December and has spread to over 200 countries and territories, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, there are 1,675,257 confirmed cases and 101,484 deaths from the coronavirus and over 223,000 recoveries worldwide.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. How will postal mails from the Liberian Post Office on crown hill be delivered to Liberians and communities with or without telephones?

  2. Remove the Minister of Post and Telecom. or ask the Ministry to answer the people’s questions. They aint doing shit to keep the distance.
    DO NOT Reply me in this box. Contact the Liberian Post Office. Tell Liberians.
    Gone. Do not disturb. In silent prayers with GOD by myself.

  3. Although it was believed and reported throughout the world that Covid-19 originated in China, new studies now suggest that the dreaded desease had been around in some Western countries for a while. So, let’s double down on China for a few seconds.

    On the other hand, I don’t know who’s telling the truth in Liberia these days. Some people blame the president for political reasons. Others blame the NPHIL for various unfounded reasons. Regardless of who is wrong or right, Covid-19 is a killer! The steps that are being taken worldwide in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 are serious. I pray that my Liberian compatriots will immediately refrain from politics! Politics will not save lives. What will save lives throughout this ordeal is how the simple guidelines are followed.

    Fellow Liberians, stay safe. Please practice social distancing. Wash your hands with lime, soap and salt, not once but every so often. If you do not have masks or gloves, I understand. But I am sure you can get a headtie or a clean cloth. Tie either or around your head. If you are the kind of person who used to kiss and hug people (for whatever reason) quit it. This is not the time for that. Also, when you cough, cover your mouth up please. The droplets that jump out of your mouth when you cough are dangerous.

    Remember, No politics. No wickedness. No witchcraft. Don’t witch someone and then blame it on Covid-19. Happy Easter.

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