Liberia announced on Wednesday that it will close all schools across the country and consider quarantining some communities in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the steps, part of an action plan that includes placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave, Reuters reported.
“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Liberia’s information minister Lewis Brown was quoted as saying.
“We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”
Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to World Health Organization figures. Liberia accounted for just under one-fifth of those deaths.
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