The Ebola outbreak keeps spreading like wildfire in West Africa, the total number of deaths reaching 7,000, according to the World Health Organization. This new peak was disclosed by the organization on Saturday, while United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was carrying out his visit through the nations affected by Ebola in the area.
Most of the recent deaths were registered in Sierra Leone. According to WHO data, the three states that have been hit the hardest by the outbreak already registered 7,373 casualties since Wednesday when their number was 6,900. Sierra Leone, where Ebola seems to have the quickest spreading rate, counted a total of 392 of the new deaths in the last few days.
According to the WHO, one death in United States, eight in Nigeria and six deaths in Mali were also recorded. The grand total of Ebola infections in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia now settled at 19,031, up from 18,569.
Medical staff and volunteers were carrying thermometers and sanitizers at staffed surveying stations all over Liberia on Saturday, as citizens cast their votes in a twice-deferred Senate election. The organization of elections in this period in Liberia has been harshly criticized due to the health risks it might involve, as it could further spread the dangerous Ebola virus.
Enlisted voters were expected to cast their votes for the 139 candidates joining the Senate race all through the nation. According to Jerome Korkoya, executive of the National Elections Commission, the turnout was rather low. The illness seems to have decelerated lately in Liberia, but critics still contended that it was unclear whether the elections could be carried out securely.
The UN Secretary arrived in Guinea on Saturday after visiting Liberia and Sierra Leone a day before. The first Ebola cases were confirmed in Guinea this March. Ban Ki-moon expressed his concerns about the circumstances in the nation’s southeast woodland area, where, according to him, the number of contaminated individuals appears to keep growing. The given area is at the border with Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast. For that reason, Ban advised the three countries try and come up with a cross- border cooperation framework, to contain the outbreak.
He ensured authorities of the UN’s and the organization’s partners support for fighting Ebola in the region but also insisted that all Guineans should strive to stop Ebola from spreading.
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