As COVID-19 Cases Rapidly With 95 Deaths, Weah Orders Health, Justice Ministries To Design New Regulations

Amidst surge in COVID-19 Cases, the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah, has with immediate effect ordered the Ministries Health and Justice to designed new health regulations aimed at enforcing all health protocols amidst the surge of the virus.

In a rather serious statement aired on the national radio station, the Liberian leader acknowledged that Liberia has been faced with many dangers and challenges in the past decade, yet with resilience Liberians will over all prevail.

“Gather the will and courage to confront and overcome these dangers and threats. I am of the strong conviction that, united in a concerted and collective approach, and backed by the full resources of Government, we will once again prevail over this new pestilence.”

Below is the Liberian leader statement issued yesterday, June 17, 2021 on the current wave of the new variant of the COVID-19 disease:

MY FELLOW CITIZENS:

I have been made aware of an alarming increase in the number of persons in Liberia who are contracting a new strain of the COVID-19 virus.

Accordingly, I have today convened an emergency Cabinet Meeting to review the full scale of this concerning situation, and to seek an appropriate plan of action to be adopted by Government to address this threatening situation.

The Minister of Health presented the meeting with detailed statistics to give us a full awareness of the seriousness and aggressiveness of this new variant of the Covid-19 virus,, and the impact that it has begun to have in Liberia.

According to the Minister of Health, Liberia has to date confirmed 2,862 cases of the Covid-19 virus, with 95 confirmed deaths and 12 suspected. However, it is alarming to note that since the Third Wave began, from the 16th of May, to Tuesday, June 15, there has been a peak of 256 cases. The Minister informed the Cabinet that hospitals are presently full with people experiencing breathing difficulties, and that there are 50 patients in the treatment unit, 33 of whom are severely ill. Meanwhile, there are only 67,437 persons in Liberia who have taken one dose of the vaccine.

This is far more alarming than a year ago when we were experiencing our first wave, and we are told that this new COVID -19 variant is even more deadly than the two previous strains experienced since last March when we got our Index case.

MY FELLOW CITIZENS:

Our Nation has been faced with many dangers and challenges in the past decade, but we have always shown our resilience as a People to stand together, rise up, and gather the will and courage to confront and overcome these dangers and threats. I am of the strong conviction that, united in a concerted and collective approach, and backed by the full resources of Government, we will once again prevail over this new pestilence.

However, in order to achieve a successful outcome, we must once again take some hard decisions that will curtail some of our everyday freedoms, but always knowing that whatever measures we impose as a Government are for the common good and well-being of us all.

I have therefore mandated the Ministers of Health and Justice to immediately formulate new regulations and protocols that will assist in curbing the spread of this deadly disease.

These new Measures and Protocols, when announced within the next twenty-four hours, are to be strictly observed by all citizens and residents within our borders, and will be rigorously enforced by the security forces, where necessary.

We would like to thank our bilateral and multi-lateral partners for your continued support and partnership in our efforts in fighting this dreadful COVID-19 disease that continues to plague our common world.

Finally, my Fellow Citizens, let me acknowledge the dedication and resilience of our gallant health workers, especially those on the front line in the fight against this deadly disease. Your sacrifices are deeply appreciated by a grateful Nation.

I thank you.

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About Cholo Brooks 14980 Articles
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.

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