As Liberians still battling up with the deadly Coronavirus and the increased confirmed cases continue to be overwhelming, the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah has extended State of Emergency (SoE) to additional fourteen days aimed at containing the spread of the Coronavirus disease.
The Liberian leader has meanwhile renewed calls by health authorities for the compulsory wearing of facemasks, and the observing of social distancing throughout the affected counties.
Amongst these measures were orders to:
1) Quarantine the 15 counties
2) Ensure everyone in Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba and Grand Kru stay at home for two weeks – with exceptions granted to designated essential persons and businesses
3) Require all to be indoors by 3pm
4) A directive to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to engage marketers in order to make “satisfactory arrangements” for the operations of markets during this period.
However, on the advice of health authorities and in light of the unresolved crisis, the government is extending the stay-at-home order to ALL 15 counties in the country.
Also, healthcare workers and other service providers are mandated to also wear hygienic gloves in addition to the facemasks when interacting with the public. Any non-compliance to these measures, as have been observed in the past, could lead to arrest by the security forces. The government will work to ensure facemasks are made available for public use.
The threat from COVID-19 is existential; everyone is therefore urged to do their part in every way possible to defeat this unseen enemy. One responsible way to do that is staying at home and following the regulations of the government.