Liberia Celebrates Ebola free Declaration

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Liberia was in a festive mood on Monday as official celebrations were held in the capital Monrovia to mark the country being given the all-clear from the Ebola virus by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Hundreds of people flocked to Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia to join the celebration attended by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other foreign dignitaries.

Tradition Liberian performances were staged to mark the fantastic day after more than a year of fighting an invisible enemy. The Ebola virus killed more than 4,700 people in Liberia — the most out of any other affected country.

The deadly virus has claimed the lives of over 11,000 people across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since last year.

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe also joined in the celebration, but he gave a note of caution by saying that the disease “has not yet been cleared from all areas.”

Liberia was declared Ebola-free by the WHO on Saturday as the country had no new cases in 42 days.
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