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Liberia Records Huge Progress against Ebola

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Liberia has recorded significant progress against the deadly Ebola virus with only 8 confirmed Ebola cases being reported, with 13 of the 15 counties reporting zero cases for weeks.

Montserrado home to the capital, Monrovia, and Margibi counties are the only two regions where the latest cases are being reported.

Acting Information Minister Isaac Jackson said the latest development indicates that the deadly disease which has devastated the country since early 2014 is on the “retreat”.

“At least we can safely now say that we are aware of this virus, that considering the wealth of experience we have acquired along the way in dealing with Ebola, we have been able to put into place all the rightful mechanisms and measures to deal with Ebola whenever there was another outbreak anywhere in the country,” he told newsmen in Monrovia Monday.

However, Minister Jackson said Liberia was not out of the woods yet despite the “significant and remarkable progress” the country has made against the disease.

The Minister then warned the public against what he called “passive complacency”. He called on the public and health authorities to continue to carry out and enforce prescribed preventive measures in the fight to defeat the disease.

Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing today, the Acting Information Minister said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Sunday ordered the country’s borders with neighbors (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast) opened and a nationwide curfew that has been in place for months lifted because of the progress made against the Ebola virus.

The president ordered the 12 midnight to 6 am curfew lifted and the borders opened shortly before she departed the country for an official visit to the United States.

This is her first major visit abroad in 7 months since the Ebola virus disease broke out in Liberia in 2014.