CONAKRY, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Guinea announced on Saturday to close its boarder with Liberia and Sierra Leone to limit the spread of the Ebola virus.
The move, ordered by the Guinean President Alpha Condé, came after similar actions by other Ebola affected countries in West Africa, according to Aboubacar Sidiki Diakité, general Inspector of Health and president of the National Sanitary Crisis Committee.
"If the other close their borders, we are to oblige to close also," he said, adding the closing might effect the mobility of international health agents and sanitary partners
Diakité said the epicenter of the Ebola fever epidemic is moving from Guinea toward the neighboring countries where new cases are reported on daily or weekly basis.
A local official from the World Health Organization also said that closing of the border is not a ''good solution'' and is against the international sanitary regulations of the WHO.
Guinean Minister of Health, Remy Lamah said it is not necessary for the country to declare '' the state of emergency '', as the situation is becoming better.
Until Friday, 961 people have been killed in four western African countries by the Ebola virus out of 1,779 infections, according to the WHO. Guinea has so far reported 495 infections and 367 deaths.
LUSAKA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government said on Saturday it would restrict travellers from Ebola-hit nations to enter the country and ban Zambians from travelling to Ebola affected nations.
"All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola virus disease are restricted from entering Zambia until further notice," according to a statement posted on the website of the Zambian Health Ministry.Full Story