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“Protection of the Public from Covid-19 Should Be Placed above Everything” says NHRC Chairman

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By Nelson Manneh

The Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Emmanuel D. Joof on Tuesday 16th February 2021said the protection of the public from Covid-19 should be placed above everything else.

Joof said the NHRC has noticed, with deep concern and fear, the public’s total disregard and law enforcement agencies’ non-enforcement of the Ministry of Health and WHO Guidelines for the prevention of Covid-19. Social distancing, wearing of facemasks, avoidance of public gatherings and events especially and other guidelines are disregarded with absolute apathy, Joof said in a media release issued on Tuesday.

“By all indication, the statistics show an exponential increase in our Covid-19 infection rate and already families have lost loved ones, some of whom are breadwinners and community pillars, to the pandemic. The recent detection of the UK variant of Covid-19 is even more worrisome as this variant is said to be more contagious and deadlier,” he said.

Chairman Joof indicated that mega-events continue to be organized and their organizers are music promoters, political leaders and political parties who the public look up to for guidance in these trying times.

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