Liberian Red Cross Warns of “Exponential” Increase in Liberia’s COVID-19 Infections

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The Liberia National Red Cross Society has warned that the infection rate of COVID-19 in Liberia would grow “exponentially” if adequate compliance to the health protocols is not put into place.

The Red Cross is one of many organizations that has been working as part of the national response efforts to curb the transmission of the coronavirus.

In a release issued on Friday, June 12, the Red Cross said the infection rate since June is increasing and spreading steadily across the country as compared to the infection rate in March, April and May.

As of June 12, 2020, Liberia has recorded 421 confirmed cases, including 210 recoveries and 32 deaths.

“Liberia confirmed cases were 296 on May 31 but the Country has recorded more than 100 confirmed cases additional in the last 10 days in June according to the update coming from the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.

The release further stated that the Red Cross is seriously concerned about the level of complacency being expressed at the time the infection rate is increasing daily; something Red Cross Focal Person on COVID-19, Christopher Johnson, said should be considered as a call to action for all Liberians to act swiftly to reduce the severity of the outbreak.

Mr. Johnson said this is a disturbing news but does not call for panic because the health authorities are in full control and everyone must remain calm and fully comply with the preventive measures to keep safe, adding that “no one is safe until we are all safe”.

The Government on June 5, announced that it will not extend the State of Emergency and also further relaxed other measures with cautions.

The Liberian Red Cross is therefore urging the public to continually observe the health protocols including regular handwashing, wearing of mask, avoid shaking hands and observing physical distancing to keep the country safe.

Despite the increasing number of positive cases, the Red Cross said it will continue to engage and educate the public through radio and community engagement to help prevent further waves of infection, improve and expand on its handwashing facilities, increase its volunteer capacity to alert and support communities and provide psychosocial support to people in distress.

“The outbreak is being felt everywhere and the most vulnerable people are especially at high risk, adding that the spread of the virus has also made other existing humanitarian needs in the country more acute.”

Mr. Johnson said many people across the country are also suffering from the economic impact of the crisis but noted that the Red Cross is considering to address the different health and socio-economic needs in affected communities for quick recovery from the devastating effect of the COVID-19.