As the Ebola epidemic is receding Senegal has reopened its land border with Guinea on Monday. The interior ministry said, "People and goods can now move freely by land between the two countries."
Senegal initially closed its land border with Guinea in March last year as the number of people infected with the deadly Ebola disease escalated at an alarming rate. The order affected crossings in southern Senegal which were heavily used by traders, particularly during a weekly market attended by thousands from neighboring countries. The border reopened in May 2014 but was closed again in August after an infected student crossed over from Guinea.
The news was met with applause in the Guinean capital Conakry. A shopkeeper Mariama Barry said, "This is an important and good piece of news that we have just learned today ... Praise God. See my shop. It is half empty -- or, if you prefer, half full -- because of this closure that almost ended up choking us."
At the international bus station in Conakry, drivers quickly resumed service to Diawbhe in Senegal, while union officials confirmed taxis would begin ferrying passengers to Dakar from Tuesday.