Sierra Leone orders three-day lockdown against Ebola

Health workers from Sierra Leone's Red Cross Society Burial Team 7 preparing to carry a corpse out of a house in Freetown

Health workers from Sierra Leone’s Red Cross Society Burial Team 7 preparing to carry a corpse out of a house in Freetown.   Photo: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP

Country has set goal of cutting off the disease’s spread by April 16

(SOURCE)  Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Koroma ordered the country’s entire population Saturday to stay in their homes for three days in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic.

“All Sierra Leoneans must stay at home for three days,” he announced, expanding a previous order for a lockdown in the capital Freetown and northern areas of the country nationwide.

“I have made my personal commitment to do whatever it takes to get to zero Ebola infections and I call on every Sierra Leonean in every community to pull together,” he added.

People will be ordered to stay home from 0600 GMT March 27 to 1800 GMT March 29, with “no trading activities across the country”.

Authorities in the Muslim-majority state will lift the lockdown for part of the day to allow church services on Palm Sunday.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – which have been the centres of the outbreak which has killed more than 10,000 people – have set a goal of cutting off the disease’s spread by April 16.