Liberians Defy Covid-19 Measures –

What was considered as a ‘blatant disregard’ for the measures against containing the spread of the coronavirus took place on Sunday January 31, 2021 during the finals of the National County Sports Meet (NCSM) at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.

The stadium with an estimated capacity of 35,000 ,was filled with Liberians beyond the normal capacity. Some of them fainted and were rescued by the Liberia National Fire Service trucks.

The fire service has to quickly move into the stadium to begin dousing the spectators due to the severe heat and overcrowding.

The situation became even worse as the ‘All Stars’ featuring President George Weah took on the ‘Junior Lonestar players’ in a friendly encounter on the field.

Social distancing (zero) avoidance of overcrowdiness [zero], usage of constant nose masks [zero]), constant hand washing [zero] are some of the serious measures put in place by the Ministry of Health through the Liberian Government to curtail the spread of the virus, but those measures were all ‘blatantly ignored’ on Sunday January 31, 2021 at the stadium.

Supporters who had trooped at the stadium were seen hugging, without nose masks, hand sanitizers and clustered up in an alarming and uncomfortable health positions without any announcement from official organizers of the tournament.

The Ministry of Health through the Liberian Government has since ordered schools, entertainment centers, markets, public places opened with straight adherence to the measures to eradicate the virus, but the cases of the virus in the country had since increased.