Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio late Thursday introduced a raft of anti-coronavirus measures, together with a nationwide curfew and a ban on massive gatherings, to assist the West African state address a 3rd wave of Covid.
An 11pm-5am curfew will apply throughout the nation from Monday, Bio introduced in a nationwide tackle.
Worshipping in church buildings or mosques shall be suspended for one month ranging from Friday, bars and eating places will shut after 9: 00 pm and social gatherings of greater than 50 individuals are additionally been banned.
“We believe we must take urgent and necessary steps to stem this third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Bio stated.
Sierra Leone’s an infection fee is way beneath that within the West, having recorded 5,652 instances since March final yr, together with 102 deaths, in a inhabitants of seven.5 million.
But instances are rising quickly. Health employees registered over 1,500 instances between June 1 and Friday, in accordance with official statistics.
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Sierra Leone boasts big mineral and diamond deposits however is among the world’s poorest nations, nonetheless recovering from a long time of warfare and illness.
The nation was arduous hit by the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Nearly 4,000 individuals died in Sierra Leone throughout the outbreak.
Bio stated 72 % of beds in remedy centres have been now occupied and famous that the extremely contagious Delta variant had surfaced within the nation.
“That variant is easily transmitted and it is very deadly,” he warned.
The contemporary restrictions come after the federal government lifted the same curfew in late March.