Ebola: 150 new cases found during Sierra Leone lockdown

Monday, September 22, 2014
By Paul Martin

Sierra Leone says at least 150 new Ebola cases were uncovered during a controversial three-day lockdown

TelegraphUK
22 Sep 2014

Sierra Leone’s controversial Ebola lockdown has uncovered some 150 new cases of the deadly virus in addition to around 70 bodies previously unaccounted for, according to the authorities, who said they may repeat the campaign.

Most of the west African country’s six million people were confined to their homes for 72 hours from Friday, as 30,000 volunteers went from door-to-door to educate residents on preventing the spread of the deadly epidemic.

“We have an overflow of bodies which we still need to bury but this has been an everyday occurrence since the Ebola outbreak… Now at least we have about 150 new cases,” Steven Gaojia, head of the country’s emergency operation centre, said late Sunday.

The country’s chief medical officer earlier said up to 70 bodies had been uncovered, but these were in and around the capital, and results for the whole country are likely to push up the figures significantly.

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