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Night-time curfew imposed in Ebola-hit city

Liberian troops have been ordered to enforce a night-time curfew, beginning on Wednesday, as the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout the country.

The military will also help to maintain a strict quarantine in two districts of the capital Monrovia.

Liberia has recorded the most new deaths from Ebola and fatalities have risen above 1,200.

Now health experts say a shortage of doctors is threatening the treatment of those struck down with the disease in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Guinea too.

Dr. David Nabarro, Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola will head to West Africa on Wednesday to determin the best ways to combat the disease.

“The World Health Organisation is currently projecting the numbers of health workers that are needed to provide care for people with Ebola and also to maintain health services for other conditions and, all I can say to you, it is many, many more than are available right now,” he said.

Farmers say they are too frightened to go out and tend to their crops, so Liberia’s food output has dropped.

The World Food Programme is delivering food aid to those areas cordoned off in a border zone between the three West African states.

For now, aid agencies are hopeful they can prevent a full-scale famine.

Also read:

Everything you need to know about the Ebola virus

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