The Coronavirus has rapidly spread across the African continent. Despite the imposed measures by the governments, many are sick, and several have died. Various countries are now extending the lockdown policy to ease the tension. However, some people are not following the outlaid measures to contain the virus spread.
For instance, residents in Liberia are downplaying the three weeks State lockdown rule, imposed by the government to fight the Coronavirus. According to the latest news, the ignorant are people in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Despite the government’s focus to curb the spread, misinformation is taking over in the West African country.
Monrovia people reaction towards the lockdown policy
According to Reuter’s reports, the actions portrayed across the capital, are as a result of confusion among citizens. A survey done says the city has more than one million people. The government, via the social media, orders a 3 p.m to 6 a.m curfew rather than a full-time lockdown. Now, most of the residents have voiced anger following the order from the president, George Weah.
The residents claim that the rule will do more harm than good to the nation, as almost half of them live in poverty. Joseph Yah, a resident, says it isn’t a total lockdown but only an obstruction to movements. On the other hand, he says even if it is a complete lockdown, almost everyone would have stayed at home. Benetta Doe, a resident too, says the situation is confusing because the president calls it a lockdown, yet people can move till 3 p.m.
Confusion all around the capital
Following the regulations given by the Liberia government, citizens are confused about what to do. Some say they cannot understand what the president means by the lockdown. For instance, Komassa Dordor wonders whether the government considered the country’s economy before passing the law. Citizens are not sure of how they should conduct their regular business.
Furthermore, Monrovia residents claim that they have the right to do things for themselves. Despite the orders, they say they have to go into the market to get essential goods. Now, people are angry about the government’s decision, especially the 3 p.m curfew. As of 13th April, Liberia had reported fifty COVID-19 cases, three recoveries, and five deaths.
Following the hit by civil war, from 1989 to 2003 and the drag by the Ebola crisis (2014 to 2016), the government is all it can to beat COVID-19. Liberia government takes this as a lesson learned, and they are determined not to face the same fate.
Although the government has called for lockdown, it is for our safety. In my opinion, it is an excellent move to fight the Coronavirus. The government should take care of people who cannot satisfy their basic needs, especially in this trying time.
Let us not dies of hunger and stress amid the COVID-19 fight. The government, together with citizens, should agree as together we will overcome the virus spread. Bottom-line, stay fierce and practice the outlaid measures for your safety and others.