2020 coronavirus pandemic in Liberia
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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Liberia|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, China|
|Index case||Margibi County|
|Arrival date||16 March 2020|
(3 weeks and 2 days)
On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.
On 16 March, the first case in Liberia was confirmed, a government official who traveled from Switzerland. President George Weah controversially named the person, and claimed they violated screening protocols at Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Harbel.
The second case was confirmed on 17 March, a close contact of the first case.
Liberia's third case of COVID-19 was confirmed on 20 March. The third person was a returned traveler. Following this third case, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare declared a national health emergency on 22 March.
On 24 March, neighboring Ivory Coast announced it closed land borders with Liberia and Guinea in a measure to contain COVID-19.
Liberia reported its first death on 4 April.
On April 7, 2020, President George Weah appointed a new National Response Coordinator for the Executive Committee on Coronavirus. The Committee will be headed by former mayor of the City of Monrovia, Madam Mary Broh. Broh is noted for her pragmatic approach to problem solving.  Some experts are questioning Broh's ability to effectively coordinate the Conora Virus pandemic response given that she has no experience in public health protocols.However,Broh's appointment is said to been as a result of recommendations from the United Nations, particularly the World Health Organization. 
Liberia was one of the first countries to start screening passengers for COVID-19 at airports.
Schools were closed across the country, and churches, mosques, bars, and beaches in parts of the country.
There has been controversy in the country over whether people with infections should be named. The National Public Health Institute of Liberia's policy was to not release names of people with infections to reduce stigmatization and protect privacy, but other government officials (President George Weah, Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe) have advocated for releasing names for better contact tracing.
President George Weah on Wednesday, April 8,2020 declared a State of Emergency which is expected to take effect on Friday, April 10, 2020 and will remain in force for about three weeks. President Weah declared:
“Therefore, by the authority granted to me under Articles 85, 86, 87 and 88 of the Liberian Constitution and after due consultation with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate as required by law, I, George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, hereby, declare a State of Emergency to exist in and throughout the Republic of Liberia for a period of three weeks renewable until the threat to Liberia from the COVID-19 Virus no longer exists.” 
Later during the day, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) recorded a record increase in the number of confirmed cases from 14 to 31, an increase on 17 new cases. It is also reported that one deaths was recorded bringing the total deaths to 4. 
On 18 March 2020, China donated medical supplies to Liberia.
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