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Liberia, Sierra Leone Show Progress In Ebola Fight; Guinea Sees Mixed Results

Agence France-Presse: Last Cuban Ebola medics leave S. Leone, new clampdown for Easter
“The last remaining Cuban medics sent to Sierra Leone in October last year to help in the fight against Ebola left the country on Wednesday, as the number of infections there is falling. But President Ernest Bai Koroma announced new restrictions on movement for the upcoming Easter weekend to prevent a resurgence of the deadly virus…” (4/1).

Associated Press: Liberia, Sierra Leone gain in Ebola crisis; Guinea struggles
“…The West African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia both appear to be on steady paths to ending the epidemic. The wild card is Guinea, where Ebola hasn’t burned as hot but remains stubbornly entrenched…” (DiLorenzo, 4/2).

Associated Press: 10 Ebola cases found during Sierra Leone’s shutdown
“Sierra Leone found 10 new Ebola cases during a three-day countrywide shutdown, an official said Wednesday, declaring that the West African country is now at the ‘tail end’ of the epidemic…” (Roy-Macaulay, 4/1).

Reuters: Sierra Leone to start laying off Ebola workers as cases fall: president
“Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma said on Wednesday authorities would soon start laying off staff recruited to fight Ebola as the numbers of cases decline, but these workers would be employed elsewhere, where possible…” (Fofana/Lewis, 4/1).