Liberian president declares state of emergency to help tackle Ebola virus

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Liberia’s president has declared a state of emergency in the West African nation amid an Ebola outbreak that shows no signs of slowing.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made the announcement through the state-run radio ELBC late on Wednesday, saying that some civil rights may have to be suspended as a result of the crisis.
Observers say the crisis in Liberia has deepened because many people are choosing to keep their ill relatives at home instead of bringing them to isolation centres.
The disease that has killed at least 282 people in Liberia alone is spread through contact with the bodily fluids of Ebola patients showing symptoms.
Since the announcement, army checkpoints were set up in some parts of the country in what appeared to be an effort to quarantine communities.
Three western counties including Montserrado Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu were manned by soldiers on Thursday.
At Clay Junction, one of the most important crossroads 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of capital Monrovia, people were seen stranded with no one allowed to leave or enter in an army operation codenamed “Operation White Shield.”
“Since yesterday we came, they stopped us from going to Monrovia,” said Sangari Turey, a student who had gone to Bomi to visit family.
Another woman said the sanitary conditions where the stranded people had been forced to sleep were unsatisfactory and complained about the lack of water.
The deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was first seen in Guinea and has spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, killing almost 1,000 people since March.

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