Sierra Leone Delays Independence Celebrations to Focus on Ebola

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma postponed Monday’s Independence Day celebration to focus on controlling the Ebola outbreak.

The country has had no new cases of the virus for two days, according to the latest data from the health ministry. A nation can be declared Ebola free after not reporting new infections after 42 days, twice the incubation period.

“We now have the workers, the expertise and the facilities to deal with Ebola,” he said. “That is only half the story of the fight against Ebola. The other half is our individual responsibility to obey the rules set out to fight Ebola.”

More than 10,000 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since December 2013, pushing the countries into recession and weakening already fragile health systems.

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