More than 20 people per day are dying from the Ebola outbreak in western Sierra Leone, government estimates have said. A curfew was meanwhile imposed on the town of Koidu on Tuesday after a dispute over an Ebola case turned into gunfire and rioting.
The National Ebola Response Center noted that there are now 851 confirmed cases of Ebola in the western area urban and western area rural zones, while over 1,200 people have died in total in the country. Claude Kamanda, a lawmaker who represents the western area, noted that officials are struggling to keep up with the collection of corpses from homes in the area, due to the spike in the death rate.
Sierra Leone has been one of the hardest hit countries by the Ebola outbreak, which has been concentrated in West Africa and spread throughout Liberia and Guinea as well. Over 4,500 are said to have died from the virus, according to World Health Organization statistics, with isolated cases reaching countries like Spain and the United States.
Reuters reported that the eastern town of Koidu has gone under a curfew following an Ebola-related incident. David Koroma, the town’s police unit commander, revealed that gunfire and riots were sparked after a former youth leader refused to allow health authorities to take her 90-year-old grandmother for an Ebola screening.