Three Liberian senior officials have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, said the country’s Health Minister Wilhelmina Jallah on Wednesday.
Jallah told reporters in Monrovia that the senior officials who are now being treated at a local health facility are Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Eugene Nagbe, Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean and Deputy Police Director for Administration Sadatu Reeves.
The health minister disclosed that Dean and Reeves came in contact with former head of the drug enforcement agency Marcus Soko, who died on April 24 while receiving treatment for COVID-19.
Nagbe also confirmed his COVID-19 status to the media, saying that “testing positive for the ravaging virus is not a death sentence.” He urged more Liberian citizens to visit local testing centers to know about their status.
Liberia has so far recorded 141 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since its index case was reported on March 16.
There have been 16 deaths, 45 recoveries, and 80 active cases, said Mosoka Fallah, head of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia on Wednesday. Enditem