Written by: Angel Morris
Latest report from the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) has put the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases at 81, with death toll of 7 and 67 (Sixty seven) active cases as of 11:00pm, April 18, 2020.
According to health authorities, there are 5 new confirmed cases and 12 suspected cases at this moment. The age range among confirmed cases is 1 month old to 74 years with median age of 41 years.
The report further notes that one thousand two hundred and eighty six (1286) contacts, including 223 health workers have been strategically documented in Monsterrado County. The NPHIL also said it is assessing reported cases of the virus in Nimba, Magibi and Grand Kru Counties. These assessments, health authorities said are being accompanied by contacts tracing, and that a health facility called Buah Health Center has been identified for the management of all suspected cases.
It can be recalled that on March 16, 2020, Liberian health authority announced that COVID-19 has hit Liberia. The announcement came upon the return of one government official to the country from Switzerland who was later confirmed positive of carrying the virus.
Since the outbreak, the country has witnessed increased in the number of cases mainly Montserrado County. In the wake of plan to contain the virus, the government has imposed a State of Emergency (SOE). Measures of the SOE entail ban on public gatherings of not more than 10 people at a particular time and place, inter-county travels and curfew beginning 3:00pm to 6:00am everyday.