Sierra Leone government announces new coronavirus restrictions

Sierra Leone Telegraph |

President Bio has today issued a new directive, ordering  the restriction of people movement between districts with effect from midnight Saturday, 11th April 2020, for a period of fourteen days.

Although this is not a national lockdown, the restrictions exempt the transportation of goods and essential services, but impose a night time curfew from 9:00pm to 6:00am.

The official working hours of all public and private sector workers have also been set at 9am to 4pm.

These restrictions – which many say is a curfew, follow the completion of a three days lockdown two days ago, which the president yesterday declared a success.

Many observers say that the three days lockdown was marred by reports of teething problems, including the beating of citizens by security forces trying to impose the restrictions.

Today’s announcement of the new fourteen days curfew, come as a surprise, as president Bio did not mention it in his  statement yesterday, about measures aimed at curbing the virus.

Sierra Leone’s performance in curbing the spread of the virus is so far proving to be quite impresssive, compared to neighbouring Guinea and Liberia. who are struggling.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.