Ebola Virus

Sierra Leone adopts new measure to tackle Ebola virus

New Strict measures will be adopted in Sierra Leone to help curb the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

This measures include ban on Christmas and New year festivities in the country, the measure will also include door-to-door monitoring and a sweeping sensitization programme

President Ernest Bai Koroma has come out to voiced out his speech in nationwide radio broadcast in the country saying "travel and movements between districts will be restricted during the Christmas period" across the west African nation

Sierra Leone is one of the countries worst hit by Ebola, which has killed more than 6,800 people this year.

Sierra Leone overtook Liberia recently as the country with the highest number of Ebola infections.

In his statement, President Koroma said the searches aimed to "break the chain of transmission", the AFP news agency reported.

He added: "Do not hide the sick".

In addition to the new measures there will also be time restrictions on Saturday and weekday shopping.

Freetown has recorded more than 50% of all Ebola infections in Sierra Leone over the past two weeks.

All public gatherings are prohibited including public activities around restaurants, nightclubs and beach areas," Koroma said.

He added that "violators will be subjected to the penalties stipulated by law".

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