The President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma has widened the quarantine to include three more districts to try and contain the spread of Ebola.
The new districts to be placed under lockdown are Port Loko and Bombali in the north and Moyamba in the south. Already 600 people have fallen to the virus in Sierra Leone since the beginning of August.
Already there has been a nationwide lockdown that lasted three days, ending on Sunday night. During which, more than a million households have been searched and 130 new cases discovered, according to authorities.
President Koroma did say that t lockdown was a success but had revealed “areas of greater challenges”, which meant that other areas would have to be quarantined.
Only those who deliver essential services are allowed to enter and travel around within areas under lockdown. According to AFP news agency, the extension of the quarantine which has a still undetermined length will mean that a third of Sierra Leone’s 6.1 million population will be unable to move freely.
The World Health Organization has revealed in new figures that so far 2,917 people have died to what is currently the biggest Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea being the worst affected.