The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health has reported 25 new cases to put the total confirmed cases to 6,769. All new 25 confirmed cases are from Montserrado County to make it 4,984 confirmed cases.
The Ministry of Health as of January 1, 2021 stated that there are 794 active confirmed cases and 287 deaths. Total recovered is 5,688 along with three new recoveries.
In the midst of the rising new cases, the Ministry of Health in December 2021 released amended coronavirus regulations pursuant to Chapter 14 of the Public Health Law of Liberia to aid the management of the global pandemic.
According to the Health Ministry, the Revised Consolidated Regulations took immediate effect and remains until otherwise modified.
The amended regulations say all persons shall mandatorily wear a mask at all times in public and ensure physical social distancing of a minimum three feet from each other in public as well as washing hands frequently with soap and clean water, or sanitize with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
The regulations also say all persons who test positive for Covid-19 and their contacts will be managed according to Liberia’s Case Management Guidelines and that they must comply with guidance from health authorities and related health rules as noncompliance will lead to prosecution in accordance with Liberia’s Public Health Laws.
The regulations contain that all persons accessing government institutions, bar, restaurant and night clubs must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
The regulations also say all employees (public, private and businesses) must return to work and show proof of Covid-19 vaccination as failure to get vaccinated will lead to their suspension without pay or dismissal.
The Health Ministry indicated that managers must ensure that hand washing stations and/or hand sanitizers are available for use by customers, guests and participants and the general public at all times and that restrictions on night clubs, bars, cinemas, video clubs and entertainment centers are lifted with immediate effect but users being told to abide by section two of the health regulations and to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry disclosed that Liberia has introduced the Pfizer vaccine with children 12-17 years being encouraged to get vaccinated.
The Health Ministry mandated that funeral rites for non-COVID-related bodies with certifications from the Ministry of Health are allowed to be conducted in churches, mosques, etc. but health protocols must be observed with face masks, hand washing and physical distancing.
In a related development in Nigeria, visitors have been barred from entering the presidential villa known as Aso Rock following an upsurge in Coviod-19 cases.
The regulation mandates diplomats and state officials to take a rapid Covid-19 test before meeting President Muhammadu Buhari. State governments across Nigeria have intensified preparations of isolation centers for possible admission of Covid-19 patients.