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Guinean Capital Bans Christmas, New Year Celebrations to Combat Ebola

by Bidita Debnath on December 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM
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 Guinean Capital Bans Christmas, New Year Celebrations to Combat Ebola

To combat the spread of the Ebola virus, Guinea's capital Conakry has followed Sierra Leone's example in banning public Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Only about 10 percent of Guinea's predominantly Muslim population is Christian. But like elsewhere in Africa most people join in year-end celebrations, whatever their beliefs.

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"Large-scale gatherings in public places are suspended for the moment," Conakry governor Soriba Sorel Camara announced in a statement.

"Beaches will remain closed" and firecrackers and fireworks are also banned, he added.

Camara appealed to residents to "refrain from anything" that could compromise efforts to contain the spread of Ebola.
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That meant avoiding "all gatherings in markets, bus stations, ferry landing stages, hospitals and the airport," he said.

Guinea is one of three west African countries at the epicentre of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, together with neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Nearly 6,900 people have died since the first case was recorded in southern Guinea a year ago, 99 percent of them in west Africa.

Sierra Leone, which overtook Liberia recently as the country with the highest number of Ebola infections, last week announced a nationwide ban on public Christmas and New Year festivities.

Source: AFP
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