Sierra Leone: Parliament extends school reopening over Ebola fears

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean parliament on Friday announced the extension, by two weeks, of the reopening of schools in the country.

Academic institutions were closed since July last year following the Ebola outbreak and government had set 30 March as the date for the reopening of schools. But recent spike in Ebola infection may have led to the postponement.

The worst Ebola outbreak in the three Mano River union countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has killed 10,000 people, according to WHO figures.

While Liberia, the country which hitherto was the worst hit, has contained the virus and has gone for over two weeks without a single infection, a spike in infections is being recorded in Sierra Leone.

Guinea has to a greater extent also contained the virus.

Parliament did not give any official reason for the postponement and this has prompted speculations that the recent surge may have forced them to review the date for the reopening of schools.
-0- PANA BSA/VAO 13March2015

13 march 2015 17:18:50

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