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Covid-19: Liberia’s President suspends official who refused to be quarantined

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Liberian President, George Weah has suspended a government official who refused to be quarantined over coronavirus upon arrival at the airport.

Nathaniel Blama, head of the Environmental Protection Agency was the first person in Liberia to have tested positive for Coronavirus.

He was accused of refusing to comply with health protocols issued out by officials to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Blama has denied the accusations of ignoring health protocols and insisted he had complied with the health rules.

He instead claimed state officials were “misinforming the public”.

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Nathaniel Blama heads Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency. Photo: EPA

President Weah in a speech on Monday said “along with several other officials of Government traveling on the same flight, Mr. Blama chose not to be quarantined, in keeping with the health protocols that were in place at the airport.”

President Weah said “any other persons who attempt to by-pass screening at any port of entry will be arrested and taken into compulsory quarantine.”

The president has now suspended Blama in a move many consider punitive for his reported refusal to be quarantined.

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Liberia has also imposed a travel ban on travelers from countries with over 200 coronavirus cases.

The government is also asking citizens to minimize their “travel within Liberia, and to and from abroad, to that which is absolutely necessary.

This refers specifically to cross-border traders and travelers coming to Liberia from infected countries, and applies particularly to all Government officials.”

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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