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Taiwan issues red travel alert for Sierra Leone

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Friday evening issued a red travel alert for the West African nation, as signs of new Ebola cases were found...

Taiwan issues red travel alert for Sierra Leone

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Friday evening issued a red travel alert for the West African nation, as signs of new Ebola cases were found...

The Ebola virus has returned to Sierra Leone just hours after the World Health Organization declared it Ebola-free. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Friday evening issued a red travel alert for the West African nation, as signs of new Ebola cases were found.

The nation that had been battling with the outbreak for two years was declared Ebola-free on November 2015. On January 14, the WHO declared an end to the Ebola outbreak. However, just hours later, the organization unexpectedly announced a new Ebola death.

On January 20, the WHO confirmed a second new Ebola case in Sierra Leone. The two cases were found connected as the latest patient was a relative of a 22-year-old woman who died of Ebola on January 14.

The new outbreak has prompted the country to restart emergency measures. Over 250 people are now in quarantine and one is under treatment. To date, nearly 4,000 people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone.

MOFA on Friday issued a red travel alert for the nation. Under the MOFA’s four-color system, the lowest level is gray, followed by yellow, then orange and finally red. A red alert is the highest warning level and advises people to refrain from traveling to the region in question.


Updated : 2021-07-26 14:04 GMT+08:00