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President George Weah sings against coronavirus

The former AC Milan and PSG striker, who became president two years ago, wants to educate Liberians against the pandemic.

Liberian President George Weah sang a text on March 25, written by him according to his services, to raise awareness of the fight against the coronavirus.

“My fellow Liberians, let us stand together to fight the coronavirus. God bless Africa and the rest of the world”, chants, more than he sings in English, the president to a playful music of percussion and strings embellished with female voices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZXyJW_vTT8 [/ embed]

The former soccer star, who became president two years ago, talks for about six minutes about the spread of the virus, the need to wash your hands and the symptoms of the disease.

The Liberia has officially declared three cases of contamination and prohibited travel to or from the most affected countries.

Liberia was the West African country hardest hit between 2014 and 2016 by the Ebola fever which killed more than 4,800 people there. Once again, the state of the health system is raising concerns, as in other poor countries, about the ability to respond to a possible large-scale epidemic.

“The president produced this song with a local group called Rabbis. He wrote the song and is the main performer”, spokeswoman Solo Kelgbeh told AFP.

The majority of people in Liberia do not have internet or Facebook access, but everyone listens to the radio. The song will be played on different stations across the country to adequately broadcast the messageSolo Kelgbeh, spokespersonto AFP

George Weah had already recorded a song against Ebola and started working on it before the epidemic even reached the country, the spokesman said. “Singing is one of President Weah's talents”, said the spokesperson.

The former AC Milan and PSG star who assumed the presidency by promising to create jobs and invest in education has disappointed the expectations of many Liberians. The country remains afflicted by poverty, inflation and fuel shortages.

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