The government of Sierra Leone has imposed a lockdown on three more Ebola "hotspots" to stop the disease from spreading. A third of the country's population is now under quarantine.
Sierra Leone has begun a quarantine of more than one million people in five of the country's 14 districts. The restriction means that only people delivering essential services will be able to enter and move within these areas.
Areas in the capital Freetown and other parts of the country will be isolated when more cases are identified, a government statement said, following President Ernest Bai Koroma's address on the eve of the latest lockdown.
The government had organized a nationwide three-day shutdown and house-to-house campaign which ended on Sunday. Health activists collected around 100 bodies and 200 patients during this period.
The quarantine has been imposed on nearly one third of the country, which has a population of six million. A total of 1,813 citizens have been infected with the disease which has claimed the lives of 593.
The people of Sierra Leone began emerging from their homes on Monday (22.09.2014) after a controversial nationwide three day lockdown aimed at stemming the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Officials said more than a million households were checked for Ebola patients and given information on the disease. DW spoke to Abdulai Bayraytay, a spokesman for the government of Sierra Leone.
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MRU Adopts Action Plan against Ebola
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00
By Winston W. Parley - The NewDawn
Leaders of the Mano River Union or MRU Countries, including Presidents Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Ivory Coast’s Health Minister Raymonde Goudou Coffie have signed a communiqué to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicenter of the deadly Ebola outbreak.
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