Authorities in Sierra Leone say it would impose a three-day lock-down across Freetown and in the north of the country with a view to stemming the Ebola epidemic.
Chief executive of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), Palo Conteh, told newsmen that the new round of lock-down is expected to be observed from March 27 to 29.
Conteh also said that it would be a repeat of the one observed September 2014 and expressed hopes that the lock-down would bring out unreported latent cases of the Ebola virus.
He said lock-down would be used to re- sensitise the public on precautionary measures as well as detect possible lines of transmission of the virus.
“Residents will be expected to stay at home throughout the three day period and all religious places would also be affected,’’ the NERC boss said.
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma had called on traditional leaders to intensify their efforts to ensure the rate of the Ebola infection is brought to zero.
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