–Health Minister’s letter says

A communication under the signature of Health Minister Dr. Wilhemina S. Jallah says Liberia’s Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor has been tested positive of COVID – 19 on 10 August, and she has requested to travel out of the country for treatment.

“I am pleased to present my compliments and inform you that H.E. Madam Jewel Howard – Taylor, has been tested positive of COVID – 19 on August 10, 2020, and she has requested to travel out of the country for treatment,” a communication circulating on social media from Health Minister Jallah says.

“Based on the advice of her doctor, the Incident Management System (IMS) is granting her permission to travel to seek treatment,” the communication dated 11 August adds.

The communication makes its way onto social media as the Liberia News Agency (LINA) comes under intense criticisms for quoting unconfirmed source in its publication that Vice President Taylor is Covid-19 positive, disregarding a press release from her office which had informed the public about what it said was her health status.

LINA has made an apology “for the inaccuracy of the report” though, but the Health Minister’s communication says the Vice President is Covid-19 positive.

According to the press release from the Office of the Vice President, Madam Howard-Taylor was earlier admitted at the Aspen Medical Facility in Sinkor, Monrovia, on Friday 7 August due to respiratory complications.