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Over 1,000 Cases: Liberia’s Covid-19 Surpasses Forbidden ‘Milestone’


  17 Juillet      6        Santé (7437),

   

By Justice R. Clarke

MONROVIA, July 15 (LINA) – Recent records published by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) July 12 shows a rather grim milestone of 1,024 active cases and 51 deaths from the pandemic.

This indicates a jump of 14 infections within 24 hours, a rate many see as worrying.

NPHIL also records that 423 people have recovered from the disease, but the latest number of cases shows a significant rise (at least in the “steady” rate of infections locally) from the July 11 records that suggested 1,010 active cases and the number of deaths (so far) remains at 51, pointing to a dozen active cases between July 10 to 11.

“This is alarming seriously,” a social media user reacted to the Public Health Institute’s daily update online.

“Finally, we’ve hit four digits, now we can start getting serious with everything,” another user wrote.

There is a third round of a nationwide State of Emergency set in place in view of the health crises caused by Covid-19, and the government, with help from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other relevant partners, is endeavouring to stop the spread of the virus that has unfortunately reached to most of the 15 counties.

But it seems that given the porosity of the country’s infrastructure and challenging standard of living, enforcing health safety protocols such as physical distancing has been far from achieving its goal.

Many people make their living from daily hustles, a situation the government has vowed to remedy through its official development framework.

Much of the population would evidently flop on social distancing rule; however, people have taken into their hands other prevention measures such as wearing of facemasks, washing or sanitizing of hands as regularly as possible in communities and public and business buildings.

Nonetheless, the George Weah government continues to demonstrate its commitment to repulse the Coronavirus, an effort when realized as soonest as possible would yet again allow for the broad-based implementation of livelihoods, infrastructure and other forms of the national development roadmap – Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

As the number of cases continues to surge, the government has repeatedly advised all citizens and residents to respect the health protocols more than ever before in efforts to flatten the Covid-19 curve, save lives, and eradicate the disease.

LINA JRC/PTK

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