The government of Liberia has decided it will no longer extend its state of emergency as the additional 30 days of the SOE come to an end.
Liberia has been under a state of emergency due to the pandemic since April 10.
To date, the Liberia has now recorded 1,108 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 70 deaths and 575 recoveries, the data from the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) shows.
But a release from the Executive Mansion said: ” In the wake of the impending expiration of the current State of Emergency, President of the Republic of Liberia and Commander-In-Chief Dr. George M. Weah has ordered the men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia to return to barracks effective 12 midnight today, July 21, 2020.
The President has said that the legal basis for the continuous presence of the army in some parts of the country to assist with the fight against the Coronavirus elapsed with the end of the State of Emergency. He however pointed out that the army has special logistical and human resource capabilities that could be called upon when needed.
Meanwhile, the Liberian leader has mandated Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah and other relevant authorities to scrupulously utilize the public health laws going forward as the guiding tool for curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the country. He urged the health authorities to strictly implement these laws in order to reinforce the practice of the wearing of facemasks, social distancing, and washing of hands along with other health protocols.
The President has admonished the public not to construe the cessation of the state of emergency as license to engage in behaviors that may lead to further spread of the virus, as delinquent acts can be punished under the public health laws.”