“No Need for Lock Down” Says, Health Minister  


In the wake of surge in COVID-19 cases and the growing waves of uncertainty and  fears in many quarters regarding a possible lockdown in the Country, Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah has ruled out a complete close of the country at this stage of the national response, owing to the current level of compliance by citizens and residents.

The Health expert said, whilst it is true that there has been an increase in the number of active cases and rises in death as a result of the health crisis currently confronting the country, health authorities have not considered any decision of a lockdown.

Dr. Jallah was invited to respond to Senate’s inquest relative to lockdown measures because of the resurge of the deadly Coronavirus in the country on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

According to the Minister, any decision of a lockdown would require addressing some economic situation of the citizenry as there is no assurance of resources yet to attend to the situation.

The Minister, however, suggested rigorous enforcement of the measures already in place and indicated that should entertainment centers continue to violate the 9PM closure, authorities would consider adjusting the time downward to 6PM.

Dr. Jallah indicated that some entertainment centers have already been closed due to gross violation of the stipulated measures.

The Senate’s inquest was based on a communication from Rivergee County Senator Jonathan Boye-Charles Sogbie to the Body, calling for a lockdown due to the alarming rate of increase of the Coronavirus in country.