The Liberian Government has announced that it is taking stringent measures to address a new variant of the deadly COVID-19 Virus in Liberia. In a late Thursday evening broadcast to the nation, President George M. Weah termed the situation ‘alarming’- calling on citizens to support the government’s effort in curbing the spread of the virus.
The Liberian leader said due to the urgency of the matter his cabinet met on Thursday June 17, 2021 to review the full scale of the situation, and to seek an appropriate plan of action.
According to the Liberian leader, the Minister of Health presented the meeting with detailed statistics to give us a full awareness of the seriousness and aggressiveness of this new variant of the Covid-19 virus,, and the impact that it has begun to have in Liberia.
According to the Minister of Health, Liberia has to date confirmed 2,862 cases of the Covid-19 virus, with 95 confirmed deaths and 12 suspected. However, it is alarming to note that since the Third Wave began, from the 16th of May, to Tuesday, June 15, there has been a peak of 256 cases. The Minister informed the Cabinet that hospitals are presently full with people experiencing breathing difficulties, and that there are 50 patients in the treatment unit, 33 of whom are severely ill. Meanwhile, there are only 67,437 persons in Liberia who have taken one dose of the vaccine.
This according to President Weah is far more alarming than a year ago when the nation was experiencing its first wave- adding “we are told that this new COVID -19 variant is even more deadly than the two previous strains experienced since last March.
During the late evening broadcast President Weah rallied the nation to remain strong and collectively support its government in confronting the spreading the the disease. “Our Nation has been faced with many dangers and challenges in the past decade, but we have always shown our resilience as a People to stand together, rise up, and gather the will and courage to confront and overcome these dangers and threats. I am of the strong conviction that, united in a concerted and collective approach, and backed by the full resources of Government, we will once again prevail over this new pestilence,” President Weah said.
President Weah further said, he has mandated the Ministers of Health and Justice to immediately formulate new regulations and protocols that will assist in curbing the spread of this deadly disease.
These new Measures and Protocols, the Liberian Chief Executive said when announced within the next twenty-four hours, are to be strictly observed by all citizens and residents within our borders, and will be rigorously enforced by the security forces, where necessary.
“We would like to thank our bilateral and multi-lateral partners for your continued support and partnership in our efforts in fighting this dreadful COVID-19 disease that continues to plague our common world,” he said.