Concert celebrates end of Guinea Ebola outbreak

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Conakry – 30 December 2015
1. Alpha Conde, President of Guinea, arriving
2. Red Cross volunteers on standby at concert
3. Audience at concert
4. African stars singing at concert
5. Audience at concert
Conakry – 30 December 2015
6. Youssou N’Dour, Senegalese musician, performing
7. Audience at concert
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Salimatou Toure, student:
“I’m so happy, Youssou N’dour is an international star, it’s not the first time, it’s the second time Youssou N’Dour comes to Guinea. We are so happy and it’s such a pleasure to see him again in Guinea, it’s a pleasure to see an international star like him face to face in Guinea.”
9. N’Dour walking off the stage
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Mohamed Bangoura, Conakry resident:
“Today is the end of Ebola, we are happy because Ebola is out of our country.”
11. Audience looking at stage
Around ten thousand people attended a concert on Wednesday in Conakry to celebrate the end of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak over in Guinea on Tuesday, a huge step in the fight against the world’s largest epidemic.
Internationally renowned West African musicians, such as Senegalese music star Youssou N’Dour, performed in front of thousands of people as the country celebrated the end of the deadly epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people worldwide.
Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, who hosted the event, stressed that burials will continue to be carried out across the country in a safe way.
No new cases have been reported anywhere in the world in at least 21 days, according to the WHO.
The WHO declares that Ebola disease transmission has ended when a country goes through two incubation periods – 21 days each – without a new case emerging.
Liberia is on a countdown to become Ebola-free on 14 January, which could mark a final end to the epidemic.
Sierra Leone, the third West African country to be hammered by the epidemic, was declared free from transmissions on 7 November.
But experts have warned that cases may still emerge.
According to the WHO, Guinea will now enter a 90-day period of heightened surveillance.
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