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Sierra Leone declares lockdown to contain Ebola

From: BBC
Parts of Freetown City
Parts of Freetown City

Sierra Leone has declared lockdown for at least three days, north of the country, to try to contain the Ebola pandemic.

A Sierra Leonean official told the BBC shops, markets and non-Ebola related travel services will be shut down.

The official also said the lockdown would operate for at least three days, but it could be extended if necessary.
Sierra Leone has already banned many public Christmas celebrations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than seven thousand five hundred people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa so far, with Sierra Leone being the worst hit.

The country has the highest number of Ebola cases in the sub-region, with more than nine thousand cases and over two thousand four hundred deaths since the outbreak began.

Sierra Leone has been in a state of emergency since July this year (2014).


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