Outbreaks

Sierra Leone records 130 new Ebola cases during three-day lockdown

Boys stand next to a poster, pertaining to the Ebola virus, during a training session by Sierra Leone's national soccer team  at the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan, September 5, 2014. Ivory Coast will host their African Nations Cup qualifier against Ebola-affected Sierra Leone this weekend following a special meeting of the country?s national security council. The decision, announced in a government statement published in local media on Tuesday, comes one week after the government said it would not allow the match to go ahead, citing concerns over a possible Ebola outbreak. REUTERS/Luc Gnago (IVORY COAST - Tags: SPORT SOCCER HEALTH) - RTR4552S

Boys stand next to a poster, pertaining to the Ebola virus, during a training session by Sierra Leone's national soccer team at the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan, September 5, 2014. Ivory Coast will host their African Nations Cup qualifier against Ebola-affected Sierra Leone this weekend following a special meeting of the country?s national security council. The decision, announced in a government statement published in local media on Tuesday, comes one week after the government said it would not allow the match to go ahead, citing concerns over a possible Ebola outbreak. REUTERS/Luc Gnago (IVORY COAST - Tags: SPORT SOCCER HEALTH) - RTR4552S  (REUTERS/Luc Gnago )

Sierra Leone recorded 130 new cases of the Ebola virus during a three-day lockdown and it is waiting for test results on a further 39 suspected cases, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Ebola emergency operations center, said on Monday.

The country ordered its 6 million citizens to stay indoors for three days until Sunday night in the most extreme strategy employed by a nation since the start of an epidemic that has infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa since March.