25 June 2019

West Africa

Ebola epidemic kills nearly 8,000 in West Africa: WHO

KONFRONTASI - The Ebola epidemic fatalities in West Africa have reached approximately 8,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The WHO said on Friday that out of 19,695 recorded cases of Ebola infection 7,693 had died in West Africa.

This is while the figures released on December 22 showed 7,518 fatalities out of 19,340 infections in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, WHO added.

Ebola ‘still flaming’ in West Africa: UN special envoy

KONFRONTASI - The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy on Ebola says the deadly virus is “still flaming strongly” in some parts of West Africa.

David Nabarro made the remarks during a news conference on Tuesday in the Swiss city of Geneva.

“We know the outbreak is still flaming strongly in western Sierra Leone and some parts of the interior of Guinea," Nabarro said.

US tightens restrictions on passengers from West Africa

KONFRONTASI -The United States has tightened restrictions on passengers from three West African countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

The Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday it would begin requiring all travelers coming from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to land only at the five US airports with extra health checks. The new measures would go into effect Wednesday.

Americans can't cut off from West Africa because of Ebola: Obama

KONFRONTASI - US President Barack Obama on Saturday said that there would not be any travel bans on passengers coming from West Africa saying restrictions would exacerbate the situation.

"We can't just cut ourselves off from West Africa," Obama said during his weekly address. "Trying to seal off an entire region of the world - if that were even possible - could actually make the situation worse," he added.