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Sierra Leone cancels Christmas celebrations to fight Ebola outbreak


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Sierra Leone cancels Christmas celebrations to fight Ebola outbreak

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Sierra Leone has announced house-to-house searches for Ebola patients and internal travel restrictions as part of a new plan to battle the outbreak.

Infected people will then be transported to treatment centres.

The government cancelled Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

Soldiers will be stationed in the streets to stop parties and prevent travel to see loved ones.

President Bai Koroma explained the reasons behind the government’s actions.

“I know that this is the festive season where Sierra Leoneans often celebrate with families in a flamboyant and joyous manner, but all must be reminded that our country is at war with a vicious enemy.”

At a meeting on Monday, the UN called on the international community to cancel debts in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the countries worst affected by the virus.

The World Bank calculated Ebola would cost the countries almost two billion euros, causing the once-growing economies to shrink.

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