Ebola crisis prompts Sierra Leone to ban public Christmas, New Year celebrations
Sierra Leone has announced a ban on public celebrations over Christmas and the New Year because of the Ebola crisis.
The West African country accounts for most of the reported Ebola cases in the current outbreak, which has claimed more than 6,580 lives.
Christmas is widely celebrated in Sierra Leone, even though Islam is the largest religion.
However, according to one newspaper report, President Ernest Bai Koroma has raised concerns that the number of Ebola case in Sierra Leone is on the rise and has met with traditional religious leaders to urge them to discontinue some of their practices as part of the efforts to tackle the spread of the virus.
Officials say soldiers are to be deployed on the streets throughout the festive period to keep people indoors.
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