Sierra Leona is locking down its citizens to combat Ebola
Sierra Leone’s six million civilians have been ordered by the government to hunker down in their homes and avoid public places in an unprecedented mandatory lockdown in the country. These drastic measures are in response to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that is rampaging across the country and its West African neighbors.
The lockdown began on Friday at midnight, with the entire nation being required to remain in their homes while around 30,000 volunteers go door-to-door in search of human fallout. The controversial initiative is meant to root out any hidden sources of Ebola because many families are attempting to conceal their afflicted loved ones by hiding them from authorities.
“This isn’t a quarantine and the shutdown itself is not meant to stop the spread of Ebola,” said Nyka Alexander, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization office in Sierra Leone. “What is going to hopefully help in the fight is the information people will receive. Each household has so many questions. It’s good that people really have so many questions but it will be a challenge to meet the goal of reaching as many households as possible because it’s taking a lot of time.”
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