Sierra Leone in Lockdown to stop Ebola

first_imgThousands of teams will be around the country, knocking on doors to remind people how Ebola is spread and how to prevent it.The government of Siera Leone has enforced a three day lockdown where the countries six million people will  be forced to stay at home as a measure taken by authorities in its final push against  Ebola.Thousands of teams will  be around the country, knocking on doors to remind people how Ebola is spread and how to prevent it.In regions around the capital and in the North where flare-ups persist, health workers will also search for Ebola cases.There is a two-hour exemption on Friday to allow Muslim prayers and a five-hour window for Christians on Sunday.Volunteers are going door-to-door, looking for people with signs of the disease and reminding others how to stay safe.Ebola has infected nearly 12,000 people in Sierra Leone, more than in any other country, and it has resorted to some of the most stringent measures to stop the disease.The September shutdown was thought to be the first time since the plague devastated Europe in the Middle Ages that such a dramatic step has been taken.While recent weeks have seen a steep reduction in infections, 33 new cases were confirmed in Sierra Leone last week, according to the World Health Organization. Still, the outbreak is most worrying in Guinea, where it is driven by hidden cases.Liberia currently has only one patient in treatment.Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma vows to do “whatever it takes” to get to zero cases.Starting Friday at 6 a.m. (0600 GMT), Sierra Leoneans were asked to stay in their homes until Sunday evening.Markets, shops, restaurants and bars must shut. Muslims will be allowed to attend prayers on Friday, and Christians can go to services on Sunday, the start of Holy Week before Easter.last_img

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