Sierra Leone extends virus lockdown for 3 days
There are fears that the nation of 7.5 million people is particularly exposed to an outbreak due to poverty and a fragile health care system. There have been 124 recorded cases and seven deaths so far.
The former British colony was badly hit by the 2014-2016 West African Ebola crisis, which killed almost 4,000 people in the country.
“Epidemiological data and other evidence indicate that there is community transmission of #COVID-19 in #SierraLeone,” Bio said in a tweet posted late Thursday.
“I therefore declare a three-day nationwide lockdown covering the period Sunday, 3rd May to Tuesday, 5th of May, 2020.”
Sierra Leone has banned travel between regions, imposed a night curfew, closed its borders and schools and banned international flights.
The first COVID-19 case in the country was declared on March 30, long after many African nations.
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