(NaturalNews) The children of Sierra Leone have only a police state to look forward to this holiday season, with Agence France-Presse (AFP) recently announcing that Christmas is officially canceled in the Ebola-stricken West African nation.
According to the AFP, state officials are prohibiting any public displays or celebrations of Christmas, citing escalating Ebola rates in what has been declared to be the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Citizens of Sierra Leone will be required to stay indoors and will be promptly ushered back into their homes if caught in the streets.
“Soldiers are to be deployed to the streets throughout the festive period, forcing people venturing out into the streets back indoors,” reads the report.
Sierra Leone is reportedly the hardest-hit country, claiming more than 8,000 confirmed cases of the disease and more than 2,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Panic continues over threat of Ebola infection; UK institutes its own travel restrictions
The risk is still too great, believe many, to allow folks to travel freely throughout the embattled country. Even foreign reporters from places like the UK are having trouble meshing back into their own societies after putting themselves directly in the line of fire.
“Many of our local staff finish their long, grueling and potentially dangerous shifts in the unit to return to homes where their families refuse to sit in the same room as them,” wrote Dr. Felicity Fitzgerald for The Telegraph.
According to Dr. Fitzgerald, Britain’s own public health authority recently changed its rules to categorize anyone who may have come into contact with an Ebola patient while working abroad as high risk, prohibiting certain forms of travel.