Sierra Leone leader imposes curfew in bid to halt Ebola

Jun 12, 2015, 8:42 AM
FILE – In this file photo taken on Friday, March. 27, 2015, a team of Sierra Leone health wor...
FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, March. 27, 2015, a team of Sierra Leone health workers walk as they look for people suffering from Ebola virus symptoms or people they can educate about the virus as there country enters a three day country wide lockdown on movement of people do to the Ebola virus in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The president of Sierra Leone is imposing new restrictions of movement in Ebola hot spots as the country faces a worrisome new escalation in cases. On Friday, June 12, 2015, President Ernest Bai Koroma declared a 21-day curfew and other restrictions in parts of Kambia and Port Loko districts.(AP Photo/ Michael Duff,File)
(AP Photo/ Michael Duff,File)

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone’s president imposed new restrictions Friday preventing people from entering or leaving two chiefdoms in the northern part of the country that are experiencing a resurgence of Ebola.

While neighboring Liberia has defeated Ebola, Sierra Leone and Guinea have continued to battle new cases, particularly along the border where those two countries meet.

Sierra Leone had 15 news cases in the week ending June 7, according to the World Health Organization, the highest weekly total since late March.

On Friday, President Ernest Bai Koroma said people would be barred from entering or leaving the affected parts of Kambia and Port Loko districts in northern Sierra Leone. A 21-day curfew also will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., government officials said, though the public health benefit of such a limited measure was not immediately clear.

Eleven of the country’s 14 districts have gone more than 42 days without an Ebola case — the benchmark for declaring an epidemic over. Another has gone nearly two weeks without a new case.

“I do not believe it is fair for most districts to have gone for more than 42 days without recording a single case of Ebola, and these two districts are holding us to ransom,” Koroma said.

Authorities say the disease continues to spread because sick people are escaping quarantine homes and spreading it to others. The new cases in Port Loko have been linked to an Ebola victim whose body was washed by relatives.

“We are going into those districts with a sledgehammer,” retired Maj. Alfred Palo Conteh, who heads Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Center, said in a radio interview.

Ebola has claimed more than 11,000 lives in West Africa since December 2013, including more than 3,900 in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone’s parliament this week extended the country’s state of public health emergency for another three months. The country has previously used “lockdowns” to keep residents in their homes so that authorities can attempt to identify the sick who were not being treated at Ebola centers.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Health

A currency trader walks by screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), right, an...
Associated Press

Asian shares mostly higher, echoing Wall Street rebound

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Tuesday after a rebound on Wall Street, despite regional investor risks reflected in negative economic data out of China. The benchmark in Tokyo was little changed, erasing earlier gains, but indexes in South Korea and Australia gained. Hong Kong’s benchmark slipped, while Shanghai shares rose. Falling oil prices […]
30 minutes ago
FILE - In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, a missile is fired during a joint tr...
Associated Press

US, South Korea to begin expanded military drills next week

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and South Korea will begin their biggest combined military training in years next week in the face of an increasingly aggressive North Korea, which has been ramping up weapons tests and threats of nuclear conflict against Seoul and Washington, the South’s military said Tuesday. The allies’ summertime […]
1 day ago
FILE - President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 10, 2022, in Washington. Biden...
Associated Press

Biden to sign massive climate, health care legislation

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — President Joe Biden will sign Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill on Tuesday, delivering what he has called the “final piece” of his pared-down domestic agenda, as he aims to boost his party’s standing with voters less than three months before midterm elections. The legislation includes the most […]
1 day ago
FILE - Nafis Sadik, Pakistani candidate to the post of World Health Organization director general, ...
Associated Press

Nafis Sadik, women’s health and rights champion, dies at 92

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nafis Sadik, a Pakistani doctor who championed women’s health and rights and spearheaded the breakthrough action plan adopted by 179 countries at the 1994 United Nations population conference, died four days before her 93rd birthday, her son said late Monday. Omar Sadik said his mother died of natural causes at her […]
1 day ago
FILE - Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Austra...
Associated Press

Former Australian PM Morrison took on extra powers in secret

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday accused his predecessor Scott Morrison of “trashing democracy” after revealing that while Morrison was in power, he took on five ministerial roles without the knowledge of most other lawmakers or the public. Albanese said Morrison had been operating in secret, keeping the Australian people […]
1 day ago
FILE - This photo provided by the Arizona Governor's Office shows shipping containers that will be ...
Associated Press

Illegal border crossings fall in July but remain high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrants were stopped fewer times at the U.S. border with Mexico in July than in June, authorities said Monday, a second straight monthly decline. Flows were still unusually high, particularly among nationalities less affected by Title 42, a pandemic-era rule that denies migrants legal rights to seek asylum on grounds of preventing […]
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
...
CANVAS ANNUITY

Best retirement savings rates hit 4.30%

Maximize your retirement savings with guaranteed fixed rates up to 4.30%. Did you know there is a financial product that can give you great interest rates as you build your retirement savings and provide you with a paycheck for life once you retire? It might sound too good to be true but it is not; this product is called an annuity.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Sierra Leone leader imposes curfew in bid to halt Ebola