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Liberia orders immediate closure of all diplomatic missions

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The Liberian government has with immediate effect ordered the closure of all its embassies as the deadly Coronavirus ravages the world.

The pandemic has forced many countries to put in place lockdown measures to curtail the further spread of the disease.

Speaking on local radio on Tuesday, 7 April 2020 Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Milton Findley said the order is intended to curtail the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“At this point, the world is at a very critical juncture and we can’t afford to risk the lives of our citizens in a foreign land,” he said.

The Foreign Minister said Liberian Embassies in Japan and China have since closed. “And we are aware of the chaos this virus is causing to top countries around the world. It’s against this backdrop that we have ordered all of our foreign diplomats to work from home and continue to work with their respective countries of assignment,” he further explained.

As of Monday, 6 April 2020 Liberia recorded fourteen confirmed Coronavirus cases with three deaths and three recoveries. Health officials say they are making frantic efforts to curtail the spread of the virus.

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