Liberian President George Weah bans travel from countries with coronavirus cases


Liberian President George Weah says all travel from countries with over 200 coronavirus cases would be banned after the West African state recorded its first infection.  

The impoverished country on Monday announced that head of its Environmental Protection Agency, who recently returned to Liberia from Switzerland, had tested positive for the virus.

Following the confirmation, Weah gave a televised address in which he said all travels from all countries with over 200 cases were henceforth banned.

Liberia is still recovering from a deadly Ebola outbreak between 2014 and 2016 that claimed over 4,800 lives.

On Monday, Weah said the spread of coronavirus represents the greatest threat to the health and wellbeing of the people of Liberia since the Ebola epidemic.

He urged regular hand washing and avoiding unnecessary physical contact with strangers.