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Sierra Leone orders three-day lockdown against Ebola

Freetown - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma ordered the country's entire population Saturday to stay in their homes for three days in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to lock down 2.5 million people

Freetown - Sierra Leone said Thursday it will confine around 2.5 million people to their homes across the capital and in the north in a three-day shutdown aimed at stemming the Ebola epidemic.

Parents take daughters home during Christmas for FGM rituals

Nairobi - Since 2011, female genital mutilations in Kenya have been an internationally condemned practice. Yet, Somalian families from U.S. and Britain secretly travel to Kenya to have FGM done over the holidays, allowing for healing time for the girls or newborns.

SLeone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits 'turning point'

Freetown - Sierra Leone launched a door-to-door search Wednesday for "hidden" Ebola patients as the head of the United Nations announced the world was at "a critical turning point" in the crisis.

Sierra Leone quarantines 700 homes after Ebola case

Freetown - Sierra Leone placed hundreds of homes in the capital under Ebola quarantine Friday, in a huge blow for its recovery less than a month after it lifted all restrictions on movement.

Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantines as crisis eases

Freetown - Sierra Leone on Friday lifted crippling nationwide restrictions on movement put in place at the height of the Ebola crisis, amid signs that the deadly epidemic was retreating."Restrictions on movement will be eased to support economic activity.

Red Cross nurse dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

Freetown - A nurse working for the Red Cross in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola in the eastern district of Kenema, where no new cases had been reported for 37 days, the organisation said.

Sierra Leone now has means to control Ebola epidemic: UN

Freetown - Sierra Leone now has the means to curb the Ebola epidemic, the new head of the UN mission for the fight against the disease and a senior World Health Organization official said.

UK Ebola screening procedures to be reviewed following 'chaos'

London - Procedures for screening nurses and volunteers returning to the U.K. after treating Ebola patients will undergo serious review after one infected nurse boarded a flight from London to Glasgow, despite telling officials she felt sick.

Sierra Leone declares five-day Ebola lockdown in north

Freetown - Sierra Leone's government has declared a five-day lockdown in the country's north to step up efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic, while making an exception for Christmas.

First conviction in Sierra Leone under Ebola laws

Freetown - A village chief has become the first person in Sierra Leone to be jailed under laws aimed at preventing the spread of the Ebola virus, court officials and lawyers said.

Sierra Leone goes door-to-door to fight Ebola surge

Freetown - Sierra Leone on Wednesday said health workers would go door-to-door as part of sweeping efforts to stem the spread of Ebola in the west of the country, which has also been hit by a ban on New Year revelries and travel restrictions.

Sierra Leone cancels Christmas as Ebola crisis deepens

Freetown - Sierra Leone said Friday it was banning any public Christmas celebrations as the spiralling caseload of Ebola infections continues to spread alarm.

Ebola lockdown in eastern Sierra Leone mining district

Freetown - Sierra Leone authorities imposed a two-week lockdown on the eastern diamond mining district of Kono Wednesday after eight cases of Ebola were confirmed in one day.

Sierra Leone district on 'lockdown' as Ebola continues to spread

Ebola has taken a backseat to other news stories lately, but the deadly virus is still spreading like a brush fire in western Sierra Leone and some parts of the forested interior of Guinea, according to David Nabarro, the UN's special envoy for Ebola.

Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in S.Leone

Freetown - A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone became the latest of nearly 600 health workers to have contracted the virus, amid fresh warnings that the fight against the disease is far from over.

NYC hairdresser tests negative for Ebola

New York City - A hairdresser who died after returning from West Africa, one of the Ebola-stricken nations, tested negative for the virus Wednesday, according to health officials.

Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in S.Leone

Freetown - A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone became the latest of nearly 600 health workers to have contracted the virus, amid fresh warnings that the fight against the disease is far from over.

Ebola fight starting to pay off but too early to claim success

Freetown - The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever is finally slowing in Liberia, the worst-hit country, but still wreaking havoc in two neighbouring west African states amid warnings of thousands of unreported deaths.

New Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone could see death toll increase

A fresh outbreak of the dread Ebola virus has broken out in the district of Koinadugu, where the virus was thought to have been contained. News of this latest outbreak was released when an ambulance was sent to pick up 30 bodies for burial.
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