As Liberia COVID-19 Remains At Three, Gov’t Takes Precaution, Threatens Month-Long Lock-down

Health authorities of Liberia is said to be putting in place a month-long lockdown aimed at taken all the necessary steps to avoid any additional discovery of the virus which has swept the entire world killing thousands of people with Liberia which is yet to experience any death after three persons were diagnosed of the virus by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).

Recently the City Police robustly drove marketers from their respective selling places including streets sellers making sure that people avoid grouping themselves together which is one of the stance to avoid  the virus from affecting people or people coming in contact with this deadly Coronavirus or COVID-19.

Currently in Monrovia, the Liberian capital and its environs has been visually emptied with few persons in the streets, already banking and other commercial centers have been taken all the necessary measures being put in place by the Liberian Government in order to curtail any further discovery of the virus on the soil of Liberia.

Sources closed to the GNN has hinted that beginning next week, March 30, 2020 there will be a complete lockdown; people will be told to remain indoor, commercial drivers have also been asked to minimize their riders or occupants onboard their respective vehicles, while at the same time City Police of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) on a daily routine touring the city making sure that the streets are cleared of people grouping themselves together.

Some Liberians who spoke to the GNN, said the decision of the government to lockdown the entire city and its environs should be welcomed by all Liberians who want to live a healthy life, but noted that said government should be in the position to provide a minimum financial assistance in order to enable them feed themselves while they are indoor.

“The decision of this government to lockdown Monrovia and its environs must be considered as a belittle decision, firstly, all borders should have been closed including all airports from the initial start of the discovery of this virus,” Aaron T.K. Johnson, a resident of central Monrovia in a chat with the GNN stressed.

Like Johnson, several others who spoke to our staff added their voices, saying the same thing, they queried the government for not been proactive during the early stage of the virus in Liberia, “It is now the time that more awareness be done in order to sensitize Liberians and foreign residents about this deadly virus; the President has already started the ball rolling by making music to creating more awareness. I must applaud the Liberian President for this initial,” Jacob Swen, III told the GNN in a chat

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.