Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the imposition of a curfew throughout the country beginning Wednesday, August 20th, from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
The Liberian leader also announced other measures including that the communities of West Point in Monrovia and Dolo’s Town in Margibi County will be quarantined effective Wednesday, August 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be absolutely no movement in and out of the two communities.
Likewise, President Sirleaf announced the closure of all video centers by 6:00 p.m. daily, as well as the closure of all entertainment centers.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader announced these measures in a nationwide address late Tuesday evening, stressing that the additional measures are intended to contain the spread of the Ebola virus disease overall and particularly in those areas of intensity.
“Fellow citizens, these measures are meant to save lives and make the Government’s efforts to combat this disease made more effective and timely,” she pointed out, adding, “If we can all do our part, we can defeat this disease.”
She noted that Government, supported by citizens groups and partners, continue to work assiduously to combat the Ebola virus disease, emphasizing that there has been some success including several persons who have been cured from the disease. She named structures and systems that have been put in place, the human and financial resources that have been mobilized and stabilization in a few of the response communities.
However, President Sirleaf, also chair of the National Task Force on Ebola, admitted that they have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by Government.