Charles Wonnie Bio, the eldest son of President Julius Maada Bio has been living in quarantine since he arrived from the United States over the weekend.
So has James Bio, the president’s nephew.
The measure is part of the government’s policy of an automatic quarantining of any one who arrives in Sierra Leone from a country that has recorded up to 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The 26-year-old is staying in one of the hotels identified for the purpose, according to Dr Songor Koedoyoma, the chief of the Lungi Command Centre.
“I am prepared physically and mentally to be in quarantine here throughout the two-week period because I think this is good for the country”, Wonnie Bio told Politico on the line from his hotel room.
“I came in from the US and was told that I had to do this, I obliged because it is the best thing for Sierra Leone at a time like this” he went on.
As at press time last night there were about 70 people in quarantine in Lungi, accordfing to Dr Koedoyoma.
There are others staying in hotels and guesthouses in Freetown and in the outskirts of Rokel, after initial complaints that the conditions of the hotels in Lungi and Port Loko were appalling.