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MOH Confirms Increase In number of COVID-19 Cases

(June 11, 2021, Monrovia, Liberia)—The Ministry of Health (MOH) through the COVID-19 Incident Management system (IMS) confirms that there are increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

 “Within the past three days, we have had about 171 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Liberia,” Dr. Francis Kateh, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, disclosed.

The COVID-19 update was provided on Thursday, June 9, 2021, in the Ministry’s conference room.

Giving the new variant of transmission among the populace, about 120, 000 COVID-19 TESTs have been conducted; with 2,453 confirmed cases to date (June 9, 2021), 608 of these confirmed in 2021, 300 active cases as of June 9, 2021, 92 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, 28 cases (21 confirmed and 7-suspects) in treatment unit and 89 cases are managed in home based care, while 2,058 persons have recovered, according to Dr. Jerry Brown, a member of the IMS.

“There is an active investigation on new cases and their contacts. This includes active case finding, testing and contact tracing

There is also increased surveillance to identify any new potential cases of this issue,” Dr. Brown.

The Ministry of Health is seriously concerned with this new increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, as Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah has beseeched Liberians to continuously follow all health measures instituted by H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia.

She said wearing a mask, social distancing, constant hand washing, among other COVID-19 preventive measures should be seen as the national anthem by all that would guarantee the minimization of the exponential spread of the noxious Coronavirus pandemic.

“We are forgetting this time around that COVID-19 exists among us: drivers, program organizers and others are among those breaching the protocols by taking more passengers or having mass gatherings”, Dr. Jallah said

The Minister has also stressed the importance for the public to voluntarily avail themselves for COVID-19 Testing and vaccination: “Now, first phase of the vaccines is being conducted only at the Ministry of Health, while the second phase is being administered at the first locations: J.D.J, Redemption, J.F.K, UN clinics, ELWA, 14 Military, SOS, and Catholic hospitals are few health facilities you go for your second dose.”

The Ministry is aware that there will be many travelers coming into Liberia from all parts of the world. While the Ministry does not recommend any travel restrictions, it also recommends all incoming and outgoing individuals take additional precautions to prevent COVID-19. All in coming travelers must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result upon arrival at the airport and borders in Liberia. All incoming travelers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Liberia. Outgoing travelers must show proof of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results within 3 days of their departure flight.

Signed: __________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

           Director of Communications

           Ministry of Health, R.L.

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