COVID-19: U.S. Embassy Urges Liberian Public To Take Safety Measures Seriously

The United State Embassy near Monrovia has added its voice to the Government of Liberia’s, urging people to abide by the health security principles that are recommended by experts amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Declaring a National Health Emergency on March 22, the Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah announced further measures ranging from ensuring social distancing at all establishments to the suspension of all commercial flight as the fight against the virus intensifies.

As it stands, three people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Liberia, and the head of the National Public Health Institute said on Sunday that those patients “are doing well” at the 14 Military Hospital in lower Margibi County.

Meanwhile the U.S. Embassy has announced via social media that the American Center in Monrovia may be temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, “but we’re still dedicated to providing valuable information through virtual programming.”

“In this ‘Education USA’ program, higher education experts and currently-enrolled international students provide an introduction to the many avenues for international students to finance an education at a U.S. college or university,” it says.

The United States itself is being hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic with over 20,000 confirmed cases and over 300 deaths, according to international media reports.


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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.