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Liberia Confirms Three Additional COVID-19 Cases

Liberia has confirmed three additional Coronavirus cases bringing to six following tests conducted on dozens of suspected individuals. Health authorities made the confirmation on Wednesday, 01 April in Monrovia.
Health Minister, Wilhelmina Jallah, and National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL’s) Director General designate, Mosoka Fallah, supported by Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe spoke to state-owned radio (ELBC) yesterday.
Both Jallah and Fallah confirmed that 3 came out of the 53 suspected cases which were tested positive to the virus. As a result, contact tracing of those with whom they interacted are ongoing which will enable health authorities to know the chain of infections if there are any.
“We did 53 tests out of which 3 were found positive. With the addition, there could be more measures but we are watching the situation depending on how the public responds,” Minister Jallah stated.
While Fallah stated, “We need to close borders. Travelers returning must be tested which will enable us in knowing their health status. Let our people stop the grouping and respect the measures put in place by government.”
For Information Minister Nagbe there could be more testing centers as more materials are coming in to fight COVID19. These are supports from partners and other individuals of goodwill globally.
He stated among many things that the possibility of using the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex as public testing center cannot be ruled out. Nagbe then called for public including the communities support in the fight as health authorities or government cannot do it all.
“This is a global issue and not a single nation matter therefore it needs everybody’s hands to be on deck. Although schools have closed but the market places could be where the virus could spread quickly,” Nagbe explained.
However, the Health Minister has expressed frustration about the over crowdedness in various market places in Monrovia with some people not adhering to the preventive measures announced by the government and the MOH.
Commenting on the recent suspected case in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Jallah noted that the 22-year old woman is negative having taken her blood sample but is under observation for now.
In a related development, checkpoint has mounted at the boundary between Bong and Margibi Counties on river Nyanvon. It is intended to check the temperature of travelers to, fro and/or passing through those counties as well as complying with hands washing.
The barriers were dedicated on Tuesday, 31 March, by the two (2) Superintendents of the counties with the support of state securities assigned. The report said people are not taking the measures put into place by government aimed at the prevention of the spread of the virus seriously.
In Maryland County, dozens of people who crossed into the country from the Ivory Coast which have 156 confirmed Coronavirus cases is somehow worrisome. According to report monitored, the mass exodus was a result of the death of an Ivoirian security officer reportedly gunned down by some unknown elements at the border between the two countries.

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