Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced more stringent measures in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
President Sirleaf says as a result and due to the large population concentration the disease has spread widely in Monrovia and environs and it has become necessary to impose additional sanctions to curb the spread overall and particularly in those areas of intensity including a curfew.
"All entertainment centers are to be closed; All video centers are to be closed at 6:00 PM.; Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM," she said in a nationwide address on Tuesday. The President said West Point in Monrovia and Dolo Town in Margibi is quarantined under full security watch meaning there will be no movements in and out of those areas.
President Sirleaf said Liberia has been unable to control the spread of the disease due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the Government.
"The Government, supported by citizens groups and partners, continues to work assiduously to combat the Ebola virus. There has been some success - the several persons who have been freed from the disease - the structure and systems that have been put in place, the human and financial resources that we have mobilized and a stabilization in a few the Response Communities," she said.
"Fellow citizens, these measures are meant to save lives and make the Government's efforts to combat this disease made more effective and timely. If we can all do our part, we can defeat this disease. With your support and participation, we can return to our normal activities."