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-Dr. Jallah

The Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah has told the plenary of the Liberian Senate that there is no need for a lockdown now. Appearing before the Senate Tuesday, June 29, 2021, Dr. Jallah said citizens and residents are in compliance with health protocols.

She was invited to respond to Senate’s inquest relative to lockdown measures as a result of the resurge of the deadly Coronavirus in the country.

Doctor Jallah said whilst it is true there has been an increase in the number of active cases and rises in death as a result of the health crisis currently confronting the country, health authorities have not considered any decision for a lockdown.

She noted that such a decision would require addressing some economic situations of the citizenry, and there’s no assurance of resources yet to attend to the welfare of the public.

The Minister, however, suggested rigorous enforcement of the measures already in place and also indicated that should entertainment centers continue to violate the 9 PM closure, authorities would consider adjusting the time downward to 6 PM. Dr. Jallah indicated that some entertainment centers have already been closed due to gross violation of the stipulated measures.

The Senate’s inquest was based on a communication from Rivergee County Senator Jonathan Boye-Charles Sogbie to the august body, calling for a lockdown due to the alarming rate of increase of the Coronavirus here. Ethel A Tweh, Editing by Jonathan Browne

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