Liberia: Liberia is experiencing a dramatic spike in Covid-19 cases, health authorities say.
“We’re seeing a surge in patients again,
Montserrado County has again top the active COVID-19 current caseload with 627 up till press time”, Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah disclosed.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing, in the Liberian capital city Monrovia, Minister Jallah said, the surge in the case load is attributed to the failure of Liberians to fully abide by health protocols.
She told reporters, that Liberia has a general case of 6,982, but without any death – including death related since October of 2021, something she noted is a good news thus far.
According to her, the total number of current cases which amount to 60% are home base , while the rest are at treatment units.
Dr . Jallah also added that the remaining 40% cases are in the communities, but tracking them has become difficult , because those under surveillance have either changed their numbers or are hiding themselves.
Commenting on whether Liberia has the Omicron virus, Minister Jallah said, she can not confirm due to the unavailability of equipment to test for it.
“We need to do genomic sequencing before we can in any way confirm anything”, she emphasized.
However, she disclosed that the African Union has already paid for a testing equipment, that hasn’t arrived in country.
As part of the health protocols, she urged all participants who will attend the official kickoff of the Bicentennial celebrations, scheduled for January 7, 2022 on Friday at the Providence Island, to wear their masks and ensure as much as possible to abide by the health protocols including social distancing.
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