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Sierra Leone to impose lockdown as Ebola outbreak spreads

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Sierra Leone to impose lockdown as Ebola outbreak spreads


As an Ebola outbreak spreads out of control in West Africa, Sierra Leone has announced a four-day nationwide lockdown.

People will be forced to stay at home between September 18 and 21 to stop the deadly virus from spreading.

More than 20,000 people will be hired to enforce the lockdown. Thousands of police and soldiers already enforce the quarantining of entire towns near the the border with Guniea, Sierra Leone’s worst hit region.

More than 2,000 people have died of Ebola in the region during the last six months. The UN says nearly 500 in Sierra Leone are suspected and confirmed to have died from Ebola.

The World Health Organisation and other experts around the world are rushing money and supplies to West Africa.

The European Union has pledged 140 million euros to fight the outbreak.

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