Liberia ends state of emergency over Ebola

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Liberia ends state of emergency over Ebola

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Liberia has ended its state of emergency over Ebola in place since August.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also announced that night curfews would be reduced and weekly markets could be held across the country.

Though the disease appears to be coming under control, she warned the fight is far from over: “Hot-spots are springing up in rural areas, and many of our compatriots are still dying of Ebola. We also know that Liberia cannot be declared Ebola-free until our neighbours are also Ebola-free.”

Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people since April, mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Mali became the sixth West African county to confirm cases last month and is now tracing 200 contacts linked to their first Ebola victim.

The World Health Organisation announced on Wednesday there was some evidence the number of cases was no longer increasing in Liberia and Guinea, however a steep rise persists in Sierra Leone.

Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières announced on Thursday that clinical trials of three potential treatments would begin in December in their centres in Guinea and Liberia.