WHO: Number of Ebola Infection Reaches More Than 20,000

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SHAFAQNA – The number of Ebola infection has reached more than 20,000 since the outbreak began early this year, while death toll now stands at 7,842, according to the World Health Organization. Nearly 3,400 people have died from Ebola in Liberiawhile Sierra Leone has recorded more than 9,000 cases. The two countries are among those West African countries that are hard-hit by the deadly disease along with Guinea. Liberia recorded setback this month in their battle against Ebola. The new cases in the country have been recorded in the western Grand Cape Mount County while the situation in the country’s capital of Monrovia is said to be under control.

Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah blamed the flare-up on unsafe, traditional burial practices. Anthony Banbury, the head of the UN Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response, begins his two-day visit to Liberia on Wednesday as part of his final tour of the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak. Banbury will travel to Grand Cape Mount County for the opening of a new 50-bed Ebola Treatment Unit in the area. Meanwhile, the Liberian government suspended on December 31 the curfew so that New Year’s Eve church services can go ahead. Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson said the President has directed the Minister of Justice to suspend the curfew for one night to allow religious leaders, churches and other religious groups to have night services which is traditional in Liberian society.

But Jackson said churches that hold services on New Year’s Eve must strictly observe measures to prevent the spread of Ebola such as hand washing, temperature testing and avoiding over-crowding on church benches. The government introduced the curfew in September at the height of the outbreak in Liberia and to curb the spread of the disease. He said the curfew will took effect again on January 1.

Source : http://www.smnweekly.com/who-number-of-ebola-infection-reaches-more-than-20000/7664/

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