Date
20 September 2017
Health workers wearing protective gear walk outside an Ebola treatment center in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. Photo: AFP
Health workers wearing protective gear walk outside an Ebola treatment center in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. Photo: AFP

Liberia ends Ebola emergency, Mali steps up border checks

In a sign that it is making significant headway in the fight against Ebola, Liberia on Thursday said it would not renew a state of emergency imposed in August over the deadly disease, Reuters reported.

A night curfew would remain in effect, however.

The emergency, which allowed authorities to curb movement in the areas worst affected, officially expired earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Mali announced tougher health checks at border crossings after registering its second outbreak of the disease, the report said.

A nurse died of Ebola in Mali on Tuesday, and on Thursday a doctor at the same clinic was also revealed to be infected.

More than 90 people had already been quarantined in the capital Bamako after the nurse’s death, just as a group exposed to Mali’s first case completed their required 21 days of isolation.

“The president of the republic has asked the prime minister to look urgently at the entire system put in place to fight Ebola and to strengthen health controls at the different frontier posts,” a government statement said.

But officials said there were no plans to close the border, even though the nurse had been infected by a man who arrived from Guinea, according to the news agency.

The world’s worst ever epidemic of the hemorrhagic fever has infected more than 14,000 people and killed at least 5,160 since it erupted in March in West Africa. It has ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and spurred a global watch for its spread.

The World Health Organization said there are indications that the incidence of new Ebola cases is declining in Guinea and Liberia.

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