LIBERIA: As Ebola Virus Widely Spread Throughout The Country, Government Imposes Curfew

As Liberians and foreign residents struggle to escape from the deadly Ebola Virus fight in the Country, with hundreds dying from the disease while others are still denying its existence in the country, the Liberian government today announced the imposition of a nationwide curfew.

The curfew announced will take effect as of the 20th of August, 2014 from 6am to 9pm daily, the public has meanwhile been warned to keep in door during these hours.

In a related development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced several measures in a statement stated below “The Government, supported by citizens group and partners, continue to work assiduously to combat the Ebola virus.  There has been some success – the several persons who have been freed from the disease – the structure and systems that have been put in place, the human and financial resources that we have mobilized and a stabilization in a few the Response Communities.  But we have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the Government.

As a result and due to the large population concentration the disease has spread widely in Monrovia and environs.

It has thus become necessary to impose additional sanctions to curb the spread overall and particularly in those areas of intensity.

Now therefore, the following measures are to be urgently enforced:

–     The communities of West Point in Monrovia and Dolo Town in Margibi are quarantined under full security watch.  This means that there will be no movements in and out of those areas;

–    All entertainment centers are to be closed;

–    All video centers are to be closed at 6:00 p.m.;

–    Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Fellow citizens, these measures are meant to save lives and make the Government’s efforts to combat this disease made more effective and timely.  If we can all do our part, we can defeat this disease.  With your support and participation, we can return to our normal activities.

May God bless us all and save the State".

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