COVID-19 pandemic in Liberia

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COVID-19 pandemic in Liberia
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseMargibi County
Arrival date16 March 2020
(2 years, 7 months and 4 weeks)
Confirmed cases213 (as of 13 May)[1]
Active cases92 (as of 13 May)
Recovered101 (as of 13 May)
20 (as of 8 May)
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Liberia in March 2020.

On 16 March, the first case in Liberia was confirmed, a government official who traveled from Switzerland.[2] President George Weah controversially named the person, and claimed they violated screening protocols at Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Harbel.[3]

The second case was confirmed on 17 March, a close contact of the first case.[4]

Liberia's third case of COVID-19 was confirmed on 20 March. The third person was a returned traveler. Following this third case, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare declared a national health emergency on 22 March.[5]

On 27 March, the U.S. Embassy evacuated some U.S. citizens from Liberia.[6]

On 1 April, the European Union organized a charter flight evacuating its citizens.[7]

Liberia reported its first death on 4 April.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "National Public Health Institute of Liberia-NPHIL". Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  2. "Liberia Records First Case of Coronavirus; Health Authorities Hold Emergency Meeting". FrontPageAfrica. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  3. Liberia's First COVID-19 Case Eclipsed By True Lies By William Q. Harmon And Robin Dopoe, Daily Observer, 17 Mar 2020
  4. AfricaNews (17 March 2020). "Liberia's index case refused COVID-19 quarantine, his worker now infected". Africanews. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  5. Liberia Confirms Third Coronavirus Case, Contacts Tracing Underway By Rodney Sieh, FrontPage Africa, 20 March 2020
  6. "Liberia: U.S. Embassy Evacuates Citizens from Liberia amid Covid-19 Pandemic". FrontPageAfrica. 2020-03-26. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  7. "Liberia: COVID-19 Positive Flees into Hiding Due to Fear of Stigmatization". FrontPageAfrica. 2020-04-07. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  8. "National Public Health Institute of Liberia-NPHIL". Retrieved 2020-04-04.