2020 coronavirus pandemic in Liberia

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Liberia
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseMargibi County
Arrival date16 March 2020
(2 weeks and 3 days)
Confirmed cases6[1]

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Liberia in March 2020.


On 16 March, the first case in Liberia was confirmed, who is a government official from Switzerland.[2] President George Weah controversially named the person infected, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nathaniel Blama, of violating preventive health protocols at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Harbel.[3]

The second case was confirmed on 17 March 2020, a domestic worker for the first case.[4]

Liberia's third case of COVID-19 was confirmed on 20 March. 63-year-old Linda Ross. Ross recently returned from Italy. Following this third case, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare declared a national health emergency in Liberia.[5]

On March 24, 2020, neighboring Ivory Coast announced it closed land borders with Liberia and Guinea in a measure to contain COVID-19.[6]

On March 27, 2020, the U.S. Embassy evacuated some U.S. citizens from Liberia. [7]

Humanitarian aid

On 18 March 2020, China donated medical supplies to Liberia.[8]


  1. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live): 283,738 Cases and 11,832 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Worldometer". Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Liberia Records First Case of Coronavirus; Health Authorities Hold Emergency Meeting". FrontPageAfrica. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  3. ^ Liberia's First COVID-19 Case Eclipsed By True Lies By William Q. Harmon And Robin Dopoe, Daily Observer, 17 Mar 2020
  4. ^ AfricaNews (17 March 2020). "Liberia's index case refused COVID-19 quarantine, his worker now infected". Africanews. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  5. ^ Liberia Confirms Third Coronavirus Case, Contacts Tracing Underway By Rodney Sieh, FrontPage Africa, 20 March 2020
  6. ^ "Ivory Coast Closes Borders with Liberia, Guinea Due to the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease". FrontPageAfrica. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Liberia: U.S. Embassy Evacuates Citizens from Liberia amid Covid-19 Pandemic". FrontPageAfrica. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  8. ^ "China Donates PPEs To Help Combat COVID-19 In Liberia". Liberian News Agency. 19 March 2020.
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