Sierra Leone Imposes 2-Week Lockdown in Kono Over Ebola Infection Surge
Sierra Leone Imposes 2-Week Lockdown in Kono Over Ebola Infection Surge

Sierra Leone has imposed a two-week lockdown in eastern district of Kono in wake of surge of Ebola infections. The deadly disease was believed to be centered in western areas around Freetown.

Authorities in Sierra Leone have imposed a two-week lockdown in the eastern district of Kono after health workers uncovered a surge of Ebola infections in the area where the epidemic was thought to be largely under control.

The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed nearly 6,400 people in West Africa and infected some 18,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sierra Leone, with a shortage of treatment centers and trained staff, has overtaken Liberia as the worst-hit country.

Until now the recent spread was believed to be centered on western areas around the capital Freetown. However, the WHO said on Wednesday it had found bodies piled up at the only hospital in Kono, a district of about 350,000 people bordering Guinea. Source: Reuters