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As President Weah Extends State of Emergency By Additional 30 Days “Stay Home” Order Back to 6PM Featured

 In keeping with the proclamation issued on Monday, 22 June, 2020, President Dr. George Manneh Weah has extended by additional 30 days measures intended to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

All measures that were put in place on June 5, 2020 when the Liberian Leader announced some modifications to the COVID-19 guidelines remain in effect, except that all are now required to be indoors by 6 pm instead of the previous 9 pm timeframe.According to an Executive Mansion press release issued in Monrovia on Monday, June 22, 2020, President Weah said the adjustment became necessary on the guidance of health authorities. The restrictions on movement and other activities remain enforced in all counties with Coronavirus cases. The Government of Liberia(GoL) says it is concerned that the general public no longer seem to comply with the health protocols which have up to this point helped prevent a much wider transmission of the disease in the country.
 
“This attitude cannot be allowed to continue unabated. The government, therefore, reiterates that everyone is required to wear face mask in public places at all times and constantly wash their hands, while also social distancing. The security apparatus and health authorities are to ensure a stricter enforcement of these guidelines going forward,” the press release pointed out.Additionally, the Liberian Leader has mandated the Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, to announce and make public details of other health measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the country.In a related development, the GoL has extended the scheduled date for the reopening of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in MargibiCounty by one week in order to ensure the necessary measures are put in place before the resumption of the airport's operations. The new date for the opening is now set at June 28, 2020.
 
The government took the decision following a review of the measures intended to keep commuters safe and prevent further COVID-19 spread.Meanwhile, all hopes by Liberians have been dashed as they had anticipated that President Weah would have lifted the long-standing State of Emergency imposed on the country on June 21, 2020 as announced. .But the Liberian leader’s decision went otherwise with an extension by additional 30 days on account of the swelling cases of the coronavirus disease in the country.River Cess and Grand Gedeh are the only two counties that have not recorded a single case of the virus since the outbreak.Latest statistics from the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) indicates that cases of the virus has climbed to 626, while the death toll has increased to 34 with a total recovery of 254, one of the lowest in the region.

 

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