Ebola outbreak: Barack Obama ‘to ask Congress for $6bn’

U.S. President, Barack Obama is to ask Congress for $6.2bn (£3.9bn) to fight Ebola in West Africa and to avoid it spreading in the US, officials say. He is requesting $4.5bn in immediate response funds and more than $1.5bn for a contingency fund. The request comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) released its latest report, putting the number of cases at 13,042 and the deaths at 4,818.

All but 27 of the deaths have been in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.The death toll represents a second consecutive downward revision by the WHO, as it continues to adjust its reporting. In Guinea, the figures show a rise in cases from 1,667 in the 31 October report to 1,731 now. Deaths rose from 1,018 to 1,041. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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