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COVOD-19 update : Sierra Leone records 1st COVID-19 death

April 24, 2020

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

Sierra Leone  has  today recorded its first related COVID-19 death in the country a statement from the Information Directorate , Ministry of Information and Communication has  said.

According to the Status Update for COVID-19 from the Information Ministry, the reported death is a  76-year-old man who was admitted at the Connaught Hospital, stating that the old man died before he was proved positive of COVID-19 at the Connaught and not at the 34 Military Hospital Centre.

“The current total of cumulative positive cases of COVID-19 is 61. The EOC process has kicked off to locate all primary and secondary contacts,’’ the update reads.

The Information Directorate noted that there are 55 COVID-19 active cases currently under observation being managed in isolation centres but added that they all are in stable condition.

“The total number of persons currently in quarantine is 608 . The total number of persons that has been discharged from quarantine is 1, 226. Members of the public are encouraged to call 117 if you have fever , tiredness and cough’’

The COVID- 19 update statement further noted that, government has now made it mandatory for everyone to wear a cloth face mask in public spaces adding that enforcement mechanisms are in place , and that  everyone is advised to secure a cloth face mask.

“The Public is further encouraged to continue frequent washing of hands with soap or use hand sanitizers; avoid touching one’s eyes , nose , and mouth with unwashed hands ;cough or sneeze into their upper arm or sleeve ; and avoid close contacts from others especially in crowded areas’’ Last week, Six COVID-19 patients were discharged at the 34 Military Hospital, West of Freetown.

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