Liberian President George Weah has said he will partially lift restrictions on praying in mosques and churches aimed at curbing coronavirus while extending a lockdown in the capital Monrovia .
In a statement on Friday, the former international footballer said emergency measures announced in April would be extended for two weeks in the West African nation .
These include a ban on all movement between the country’ s 15 counties , the closure of non – essential businesses , and stay – at – home orders for Monrovia ’ s roughly one million inhabitants .
But Weah said he would allow churches to resume services from May 17, and mosques from May 15 , provided that they run at 25-percent capacity to allow for social distancing.
Liberian authorities have recorded 199 cases of the coronavirus to date , with 20 fatalities.
As with other poor countries in the region , there are fears that Liberia is ill prepared to handle a large outbreak .
The nation of some 4 . 8 million people was badly hit during West Africa ’ s 2014 – 16 Ebola crisis, which killed more than 4 , 800 people in the country .
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