Sierra Leone coronavirus: Compulsory wearing of face masks starts

June 1: Compulsory wearing of face masks kicks off

The wearing of face masks in public has been made compulsory in Sierra Leone effective today (June 1). The move is part of COVID-19 containment measures ordered by government.

On the case load front, as of close of day May 31, the total confirmed cases stood at 861 out of which 454 had recovered and been discharged from treatment centers. The death tool was at 46 with 361 active cases.

On the last day of May, a single-digit new case tally of nine was recorded, for the first time in almost three weeks.

I have directed the military to immediately deploy to our international airport and land crossing points in order to enhance security and support compliance with all public health directives advisories.

In an address to parliament on May 28, President Julius Maada Bio announced a raft of measures the government was taking to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, my Government rapidly activated all Emergency Operations Centre pillars. We have instituted international best practices in contact tracing and surveillance,” he told lawmakers.

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
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