Health Authorities in Liberia have recorded eight (8) new cases of the novel Coronavirus, bringing total confirmed cases in the country to 99, including eight (8) deaths, as of Monday, April 20, 2020 with 19 health workers and one journalist affected.
The National Public Health Institution of Liberia or NPHIL, the government’s institute handling the pandemic says Montserrado County alone have 95 confirmed cases followed by Nimba County three (3) cases and Grand Kru County one (1) case, with total deaths at eight (8).
With 99 confirmed cases and eight deaths, the country’s death rate stands at 9 percent, the highest in West Africa. Liberia’s increasing death rate compares to her neighbors is a cause for concern amidst predictions by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) that Africa could see anywhere between 300,000 and 3.3 million deaths from the coronavirus.
Recently, the Director General of the NPHIL, Doctor MosokaFallah reminded that the best way to stopping the spread of the virus is to effect a total lockdown of the affected counties: Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba and Grand Kru.President Weah recently imposed a 14-day lockdown in all four counties.
However, with the announcement of one local journalist testing positive of the virus, the leadership of the Reporters Association of Liberia says it is troubled upon hearing that one of its members in Nimba County is infected with the Coronavirus or COVID-19.
RAL President, Cecelia Clarke in a press release says, the leadership is making follow-ups with authorities at the Jackson Fiah Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County and other reporters who are currently quarantined to get detailed information as soon as possible.
Madam Clarke calls on all reporters to at all time follow the health protocols to keeping safe.She notes that COVID-19 is not a death sentence, expressing optimism the effected reporter will definitely recover from the sickness.
By Bridgett Milton–Editing by Jonathan Browne