Liberian president orders Ebola curfew

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced a nighttime curfew and the quarantine of two neighbourhoods, including one in the capital Monrovia. She announced this on Wednesday in a bid to stem the deadly Ebola outbreak.

"Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9pm to 6am" Sirleaf said in a radio address late last night.

"All entertainment centres are to be closed. All video centres are to be closed at 6pm," she ordered.

Liberian Information Minister, Lewis Brown, also announced the return of 17 missing Ebola patients who had fled a medical facility in West Point on Saturday.

The UN health agency has counted 2,240 cases of confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola infection in West African nations, making this the deadliest outbreak ever.

Liberia has recorded the most Ebola deaths, with the toll standing at 466.

"We have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the government," Sirleaf said.

Guinea has recorded 394 deaths and Sierra Leone 365.

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has 15 cases and four fatalities, according to World Health Organisation data.

-SAPA

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