Saturday 18 November 2017

Ebola death toll passes 3,000 - WHO

Actors parade on a street after performing at Anono school, during an awareness campaign against Ebola in Abidjan. The tag on one of the actors read:
Actors parade on a street after performing at Anono school, during an awareness campaign against Ebola in Abidjan. The tag on one of the actors read: "Red card to Ebola". Reuters/Luc Gnago

Reuters and Press Association

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of 6,574 probable, suspected and confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation said today.

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of 6,574 probable, suspected and confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

Liberia has recorded 1,830 deaths, around three times as many as both Guinea and Sierra Leone, the two other most affected countries, according to WHO data.

Nigeria and Senegal, the two other nations that have had confirmed cases of Ebola in the region, did not record any new cases or deaths.

The International Monetary Fund has approved US$130 million (€102.52m) in emergency aid to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the West African countries respond to the Ebola outbreak.

The Washington-based lending institution said the amount will cover part of the immediate balance of payments and budget needs of the three countries but added more help was needed from other donors.

Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, said the organisation "is working hard with the authorities of the affected countries and their development partners to ensure that the outbreak is quickly brought under control and to assist the economic rebuilding that must follow".

Under the outlay, Liberia gets $49m (£30.2 million), Guinea $41million (£25.2m) and Sierra Leone $40m (£24.6 million).

The IMF said these countries need an additional 170 million dollars (£104 million).

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