The Liberian government on Tuesday March 17, 2020, announced that a second Liberian has been tested positive for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A release from the Ministry of Information, Cultural affairs and Tourism said new case, Johnny Phillips, is a domestic worker in the home of Nathaniel Blama, the suspended head of the Environmental Protection Agency who earlier tested positive for the disease.
According to MICAT, health workers have determined that Phillips was a primary contact of Mr. Blama when he returned to his residence, adding that they are continuing to trace and test several primary and secondary persons whom he might have come in contact with. “This exercise is continuing rigorously”, the government stressed.
The government is however urging all to continue to observe the health protocols that have been put in place by the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute, announcing that the Incident Management Team is meeting on Tuesday (March 17), following which there will be additional measures put in place to curtail transmission of the disease, assuring the public of regular updates on developments.