Sierra Leone Welcomes Travel as Its Ebola and Economy Weaken

Sierra Leone Welcomes Travel as Its Ebola and Economy Weaken

A health official takes the temperature of a Malian soccer fan in a test for Ebola ahead of the African Cup of Nations Group D soccer match between Ivory Coast and Guinea at the Estadio de Malabo in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. (Photo: AP/Sunday Alamba) FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) —

With the Ebola outbreak weakening in West Africa, Sierra Leone eased restrictions on movement and commercial activity Friday even as the president warned that the fight against the deadly disease is not yet over.

The outbreak has sickened more than 21,000 people, nearly half of them in Sierra Leone. But the number of new infections is now falling in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the three most affected countries.

President Ernest Bai Koroma announced in a national broadcast that, starting Friday, the country would lift all district quarantines and extend business hours on Saturdays. Koroma said that while people must remain vigilant, easing the restrictions would jump-start the economic recovery. In addition to its human toll, Ebola has hammered the economies of the three most affected West African nations, including cutting people off from their farms, shutting markets and hampering the movement of goods.

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