(MONROVIA) – On Wednesday, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, announced an emergency state, for at least 90 days, in the West African nation due to an Ebola spread that shows no signs of stopping. Sirleaf declared on national television, saying few civil rights might also get suspended owing to this crisis.
Sirleaf told in her speech that, “ignorance and poverty, as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices, continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease.”
Medical experts say the Liberian crisis has intensified because many keep their ill kins at home instead of putting them in the isolation centers. Ebola spreads through the contact with bodily fluids that show Ebola symptoms.
Moreover, according to WHO, Ebola has claimed 932 lives and infected over 1,700 people across West Africa. The outbreak has killed approximately 282 people in Liberia. 90% of the infected dies from the deadly disease.