Health Authorities Record Second Case of Coronavirus

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Health authorities in Liberia have announced the second case of the Coronavirus disease, otherwise known as COVID-19.

Information Minister Eugene Nagbe announced in an official release on Tuesday that a second Liberian has been tested positive for the virus, a day after the first case was reported.

According to the release, the new case comes from a domestic worker in the home of Nathaniel Blama, the suspended head of the Environmental Protection Agency who earlier tested positive for the disease.

Health workers have determined that the patient in the new case was a primary contact of Mr. Blama when he returned to his residence from a government function in Switzerland.

“They are continuing to trace and test several primary and secondary persons who he might have come in contact with,” the press release said. “This exercise is continuing rigorously.”

The government is also urging all citizens and residents to continue observing the health protocols that have been put in place by the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.

The Incident Management Team, which is managing the pandemic, is also expected to meet today, and institute additional measures to curtail the transmission of the disease.

Already, Pres. George Weah has announced the cancellation of his planned nationwide tour. The Ministry of Education has also suspended all schools, including institutions of higher learning, for one week beginning Tuesday, March 17.

Gbatemah Senah

Senah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. Between 2017 and 2019, he won six excellent reporting awards from the Press Union of Liberia. They include a three-time Land Rights Reporter of the Year, one time Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Human Rights Reporter of the Year.

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