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As 732 houses quarantined nationwide…

Minister debunks 21 days lockdown

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara

NO LOCKDOWN … Deputy Minister of Information, Theo Nicol

NO LOCKDOWN … Deputy Minister of Information, Theo Nicol

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications yesterday debunked rumours of an imminent lockdown of the country, noting that government has no such intention to restrict the movement of people in the country.

Theo Nicol told the weekly press briefing hosted at his ministry’s conference room that the idea of a 21-day lockdown was not part of government’s plan, albeit some members of the public have been calling for it.

“As a government, we have no intention of blockading the entire country or even ask people in the city to sit in their homes for 21 days because it will have a negative impact on the lives of the citizens,” he said.

According to him, the number of unemployed youths who fend for themselves on a daily basis is very high and taking a decision without proper preparation would have serious ramifications on the people.

However, Mr. Nicol stated that government is currently working on modalities to increase surveillance in the epicenter districts across the country, and attributed the increase in confirmed Ebola cases this week to the effectiveness of contact tracers.

He disclosed that as at 20 August, a total of 732 houses have been quarantined nationwide, with the Western Area Urban and Kailahun having the highest figures.

He urged the public not to stigmatize Ebola survivors or to be afraid of those that have been quarantined, because according to him, they are Ebola free until their blood samples prove positive.