Liberia to lift quarantine as Ebola cases decline
MONROVIA: Liberia has announced a dramatic drop in new Ebola infections as Mali prepared to lift quarantine restrictions on dozens of people who were at risk of exposure to the deadly virus.
Liberian Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said new cases had dropped from a daily peak of more than 500 to about 50, confirming tentative announcements by experts worldwide of an apparent slowdown in the epidemic.
“It’s not the number of Ebola cases we were reporting two months ago… The numbers of cases are reducing,” he said late on Monday, adding however that there were still new cases emerging across the country.
The largest Ebola outbreak on record has killed about 5 000 people, with Liberia hit hardest and the contagion still raging in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The World Health Organisation said on Monday that it had released from isolation 25 of more than 100 people thought to have come into contact with Mali’s sole case.
The victim, a 2-year-old girl from Guinea, was diagnosed with Ebola after journeying to the western town of Kayes.