By: Emmanuel Wise Jipoh
The Ministry of Health is alarming a re-surface of Covid-19 in Liberia with nine (9) new cases confirmed by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Keteh.
Dr. Keteh says densely populated Montserrado County alone has eight (8) of the newly confirmed cases, while Margibi County has recorded one.
Dr. Keteh, who is also Deputy Minister of Health, told State radio (ELBC) that the nine active cases are symptomatic, but do not require hospitalization.
Instead, he said routine vaccination services will shortly be carried out in the entire country to completely get rid of the infections.
He said the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring those cases, and if the symptoms persist, there could be need for quarantine.
There have been 7,497 infections and 294 coronavirus-related deaths in the country, since the index case was reported on March 16, 2020, involving former Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Boss Dr. Nathaniel Blama, upon his return from an official function in Switzerland.
Liberia has separately administered the AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and the US-manufactured Johnson & Johnson, which has reduced the risk of infection in the country.
The latest cases reported come barely after the World Bank approved US$9m to vaccinate 70 percent of Liberia’s population as part of a larger Covid-19 assistance package to the government. Editing by Jonathan Browne