Sierra Leone president cancels 3-day business shutdown

2014-11-28 18:53
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Freetown - Sierra Leone's president overruled on Friday a municipal decision to shut down businesses in the capital for three days, a measure aimed at curbing the deadly Ebola outbreak.

President Ernest Bai Koroma said he overrode the decision to minimise the epidemic's negative impact on the economy.

The Ebola outbreak could cost Sierra Leone's economy more than $32bn by the end of 2015, according to World Bank estimates.

In September, Koroma had declared a nationwide three-day lockdown, which health experts said helped to get the epidemic more under control.

Sierra Leone has been one of the countries hardest hit by an Ebola outbreak that killed 5 459 people in eight countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

While Ebola is no longer rampant across all of Liberia and Guinea, transmission continues across large parts of Sierra Leone, the WHO says.

The number of people who have become infected with Ebola has reached 15 351 in a total of eight countries, since the outbreak started in Guinea last December, according to WHO.

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