Thursday, July 29, 2021

Sierra Leone reintroduces measures to curb COVID-19

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio./AFP

Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio said Thursday that preventive measures will be reimposed to curb the third wave of COVID-19 that is ravaging the country.

More people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few weeks and 72 percent of beds in treatment and care centers have been occupied, the president said.

“We have closely looked at the trends. We believe we must take urgent and necessary steps to stem this third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone and thus save lives and protect livelihoods,” he said.

The government is going to impose a one-month curfew starting from July 5, and restaurants and bars are encouraged to use takeaway services and shall be closed at 9 p.m.

Attendance at social events shall be limited to no more than 50 people, and COVID-19 vaccination are strongly urged prior to travels, the president added.

As of Thursday Sierra Leone has registered 5,575 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 100 deaths.

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