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Mar 29, 2015 5:46 AM

Guinea president reinforces emergency Ebola measures

The Associated Press

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) Guinea's president says new measures will be taken to combat Ebola in the country's western region including restrictions on burials and possible lockdowns.

President Alpha Conde said in an address on state television Saturday night that emergency steps would be "reinforced" for 45 days in five districts. He said all burials in the affected areas would need to be secured by Red Cross or security forces and that lockdowns could be implemented as needed.

West Africa's Ebola outbreak began in Guinea, and the World Health Organization says more than 2,200 people have died there. There were 45 new cases in Guinea in the latest weekly report.

Conde declared a nationwide health emergency last August. On Saturday he said the population had become less and less vigilant.


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