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Liberia Declares State Of Emergency Over Ebola Virus As Death Toll Rises

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia declares state of emergency in the country over the death toll rise cause by the spreading Ebola Virus. The state of emergency was declared yesterday, Wednesday 6th of August, 2014 as the country grapples with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Speaking on national television, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said some civil liberties might have to be suspended. Declaring the state of emergency overnight, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned that the extraordinary measures were needed “for the very survival of our state”. The Liberian parliament will meet on Thursday to ratify the move, while its Sierra Leone counterpart does the same following a state of emergency declaration there last week.

Speaking of “a clear and present danger” from the virus which has claimed almost 1 000 lives in West Africa, Sirleaf announced that the state of emergency should last for a minimum of 90 days.

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“The scope and scale of the epidemic, the virulence and deadliness of the virus now exceed the capacity and statutory responsibility of any one government agency or ministry,” she said.

The Ebola outbreak has also hit Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, killing more than 930 people. World Health Organization experts are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss a response to the outbreak. The two-day meeting will decide whether to declare a global health emergency. Since breaking out earlier this year, the epidemic has claimed 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people across west Africa, according to the World Health Organisation.

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Amid growing call for international help, US President, Barack Obama said it was too early to dispatch experimental drugs to Ebola victims in Africa.

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