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Sierra Leone leader imposes curfew in bid to halt Ebola

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 The president of Sierra Leone is imposing new restrictions on people's movements in Ebola hot spots as the country faces a worrisome new escalation in cases.

   While neighboring Liberia has defeated Ebola within its borders, Sierra Leone and Guinea have continued to battle new cases.

   On Friday, President Ernest Bai Koroma declared a 21-day curfew and other restrictions to keep people from leaving parts of Kambia and Port Loko districts.

   Authorities say the disease continues to spread there because sick people are escaping quarantined homes and spreading it to others.

   Sierra Leone's parliament is also extending the state of public health emergency for another 90 days.

   Ebola has claimed more than 11,000 lives in West Africa since December 2013, including more than 3,900 in Sierra Leone.

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