Sierra Leone in lockdown to curb spread of Ebola

Mar 27, 2015, 7:46 AM EDT
A Red cross worker, wearing a protective suit, gestures as he gets ready during a burial for victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. Schools in Ebola-ravaged Liberia will reopen in February, six months after they were closed in a bid to contain the spread of the killer virus, the education ministry said on January 5, 2015.
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The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, with the entire population ordered to stay at home, reports the BBC.

There is a two-hour exemption on Friday to allow Muslim prayers and a five-hour window for Christians on Sunday.

Volunteers are going door-to-door, looking for people with signs of the disease and reminding others how to stay safe.

Dozens of new cases are still being reported in Sierra Leone every week. The three West African countries worst affected by Ebola - Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea - have set a target of having no new cases by the middle of next month.

The outbreak has killed more than 10,000 people in the three countries over the past year.