Sierra Leone imposes curfew to halt Ebola

2015-06-12 20:21
People walk near a billboard reading 'Ebola most go' in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. (Abbas Dulleh, AP)

People walk near a billboard reading 'Ebola most go' in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. (Abbas Dulleh, AP)

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Freetown - The president of Sierra Leone is imposing new restrictions on people's movements in Ebola hot spots as the country faces a worrisome new escalation in cases.

While neighbouring Liberia has defeated Ebola within its borders, Sierra Leone and Guinea have continued to battle new cases.

On Friday, President Ernest Bai Koroma declared a 21-day curfew and other restrictions to keep people from leaving parts of Kambia and Port Loko districts.

Authorities say the disease continues to spread there because sick people are escaping quarantined homes and spreading it to others.

Sierra Leone's parliament is also extending the state of public health emergency for another 90 days.

Ebola has claimed more than 11 000 lives in West Africa since December 2013, including more than 3 900 in Sierra Leone.

Read more on:    ernest bai koroma  |  sierra leone  |  west africa  |  ebola
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