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Liberia Set up Blockades to Tackle Ebola
   2014-08-08 07:59:02    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Mengzhen

A Liberian soldiers stops people at a security checkpoint setup to lamp down on people traveling due to the Ebola virus, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. [Photo: Imagine China]

Liberia has set up army checkpoints to quarantine communities affected by the Ebola outbreak

People from western regions are now being blocked from entering the capital, Monrovia.

This comes after Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a state emergency of 90 days to tackle the deadly virus.

"Under this state of emergency, the government will institute extraordinary measures including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and privileges."

So far the disease has killed at least 282 people in Liberia, nearly a third of the total so far in West Africa.

Meanwhile, the hospital in Lagos, Nigeria remains shut down and quarantined as it recorded its first case of a person dying from Ebola.

Earlier, Africa's most populous country confirmed a second death from the disease.

Onyenbuchi Chukwu is Nigeria's minister of health.

"Indeed we have an emergency on our hands, for me yes it is a national emergency but for all of us here its a global emergency. The second thing is that everyone is at risk, every nation is at risk and every individual is at risk."

Health ministers from some African countries have pledged joint efforts in preventing the virus from spreading further.

This comes as a border area between Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has been identified as a hotspot of transmission by WHO experts.

The outbreak has infected over 1,700 people and killed 932 this year.

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