As of May 15, Liberia currently has a total of 223 confirmed cases of COVID-spread across 9 of 15 counties, with the first one detected on March 16, 2020. Of these, there have been at least 20 fatalities. Liberian health care workers now account for over 20 percent of confirmed cases.
On March 21, 2020 the Liberian authorities issued a declaration designed to enforce severe social distancing, including: closure of all schools, night clubs, cinemas, beaches, spas, mosques and churches; banning of all street selling and gatherings of more than 10 people; limits on admittance to banks and restaurants to five customers kept six feet apart; Social distancing for health facilities and pharmacies (which are to remain open); mandatory washing with soap and clean water at all public and private establishments; and a hotline was established to report those exhibiting CORVID-19 symptoms.
On midnight April 10, Government announced and began enforcing a State of Emergency, which was subsequently approved by the Legislature as required in the Constitution. The provisions prohibit inter-county movement of persons while, in the four hardest-hit counties, residents—excepting essential workers—have been ordered to stay at home outside of very restrictive periods. All non-essential businesses and government offices will remain closed. To render a future more complete lockdown viable, the Legislature has indicated it will enact the request by the Executive to allocate US$25 million—to be supplemented by donor funds—for a World Food Program-implemented food distribution in the four hardest-hit counties.
The World Bank approved US$17 million of off-budget project funding for the health sector, of which US$7.50 million was new investment financed by the COVID-19 Fast Track Facility (March 23); and $9.5 million was temporarily diverted from existing projects (March 30).
The African Development Bank is preparing a significant budget support operation under the COVID-19 Response Facility which was approved on April 8.