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Liberia records over 3,000 confirmed covid-19 cases

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Out of 120,000 samples-Health Minister

Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah says Liberia has recorded 3,109 confirmed covid-19 cases out of 120,000 samples that have been tested so far.

She told the plenary of the Liberian Senate Tuesday, 22 June that 832 are active cases, noting that since the beginning of the COVID-19, 230 healthcare workers have tested positive and six have died.

Overall, Dr. Jallah said there are 103 deaths so far, a jump from the previous number of 85 deaths recorded during the first wave of the virus here. According to her, they are working with the Muslim community and other facilities to record the number of COVID-19 deaths.

Dr. Jallah explained that 61 cases are in the treatment unit of which 41 are confirmed, 20 suspected and 26 are critical. She continued that 337 cases are managed in home-based care and 2,105 persons have recovered since the outbreak of the virus.

She reported that 71,334 people have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and they’re still tallying the results while 1,534 have received their second dose as well.

The Health Minister said since this new wave started, there are 11,748 cumulative contacts and 556 of them have become a case, adding that two-thirds of the cases are male.

She urged Liberians to take their vaccine, saying that for those that have not taken their first dose, the process is on. She encouraged everyone to continue to wear their mask, wash their hands and carry on all the preventive measures.

It can be recalled that the Liberian Senate cited the Minister of Health and the Incident Management Team to appear before full plenary on Tuesday, 22 June to tell the Senate the emergency response plan of the Ministry as it relates to the fight of COVID-19.

Making the motion, Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan L. Kaipay said that the Minister of Health and the Incident Management Team need to come before the Senate and tell them the measure they’re putting in place to curtail the rapid spear of the COVID-19.

He stressed that Liberia needs a tester that gives the results rapidly. According to him, other neighboring countries can test people for COVID-19 and within three hours, the result is out to enable the person to leave or be quarantined.–By Ethel A. TwehEdited by Winston W. Parley

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