COVID-19 update : Sierra Leone extends its Partial lock down & curfew indefinitely

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

Fundamental rights cannot be suspended indefinitely says Sengbe Marrah

Sierra Leone has indefinitely extended its partial lock down and curfew across the country almost to a day it was supposed to elapse according to a notice the Emergency Response Centre (EOC).

The extension comes as the country as  recorded 18 new cases of Covid-19 , the highest  in a single day bringing the total number of infections to 82 with already three deaths.

“This is to inform the general public that the inter -district partial lock down and curfew (9pm-6am) due to lapse on Saturday 25, April 2020 have been extended until further notice,’’ the notice reads.

According to the EOC , effective Sunday 26th April 2020 the electronic pass (E-pass ) system shall apply adding that person conveying essential goods and service shall apply with further details soon.

However , leading human rights lawyer in the country ,  Sorie -Sengbe Marrah criticised the extension in which he  wrote on his twitter: “Fundamental rights cannot be suspended indefinitely. The constitution stipulates that regulations must not for more than 90 days , and so the inter-district movement restriction and the night curfew cannot be indefinite , otherwise it would be Unconstitutional ‘’

Meanwhile , sixteen (16 ) district coordinators have been appointed for the COVID-19 Response as way of intensifying the fight among them Miatta French who will be in charge of Western Area Urban.

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