President of Guinea Declares Emergency of 45 Days over Ebola

Alpha Conde the President of Guinea has declared a health emergency for 45 days across five regions of his nation that have been hit by Ebola in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

The focus has shifted to the coastal areas of the country, said the president in a prepared statement. Because of that, he said he was declaring a health emergency for the 45 days in Forecariah, Dubreka, Coyah, Kindia and Boffa.

The affected regions are in the southwest and west regions of the country. Conakry, the capital of the country will have strict measures taken to increase the vigilance in the communities, added the president.

Since the outbreak of Ebola started in December of 2013 in Guinea, over 24,000 people across nine countries have become infected and more than 10,000 have died. All but a few of the deaths occurred in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Conde announced a number of measures Saturday, including temporary closures of clinics and hospital where Ebola cases have been found. Anyone who is hiding the sick or moving bodies from one locality to another is to be prosecuted for putting the lives of others in danger.

He called for unwavering commitment to a fight against the deadly disease.

The World Health Organization declared this past January that the epidemic was declining across West Africa after three countries at its epicenter recorded a drop in the number of new cases.

However, renewed concern was triggered by new setbacks in the nations that have been worst hit.

On Saturday, Liberia announced that a woman had died who just a week earlier became the first new patient with Ebola in the country in over a month. Healthcare officials also said there were two new cases suspected to be Ebola that were recently identified.

Liberia has recorded over 4,300 deaths in Ebola but was in an advanced stage of its recovery, expecting to be declared free of Ebola by the middle of April prior to the latest case in Monrovia the capital.

In Sierra Leone on Friday, a new nationwide lockdown of three days was started sparked by new fears that Ebola was returning in certain areas of the nation.

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