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Sierra Leone declares Ebola lockdown

Published:Friday | December 26, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Sierra Leone has declared lockdown of at least three days in the north of the country to try to contain the Ebola epidemic.

Officials say shops, markets and non-Ebola related travel services will be shut down.

Sierra Leone had already banned many public Christmas celebrations.

More than 7,500 people have died from the outbreak in West Africa so far, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, with Sierra Leone the worst hit.

Sierra Leone has the highest number of Ebola cases in West Africa, with more than 9,000 cases and more than 2,000 deaths since the start of the outbreak.

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