Senegal Closes Borders to Guinea to Curb Ebola

Senegal Closes Borders to Guinea to Curb Ebola

Senegal has become the latest African country to restrict travel as a result of the Ebola outbreak, closing its borders to neighbouring Guinea, the Senegalese Press Agency reported Friday.

“This measure also applies to air and maritime borders, to planes and ships coming from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia,” Interior Minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo was quoted as saying.

Security and defence forces will ensure “rigorously” that the order is implemented, the minister added.

Numerous African countries have restricted air, land and water travel in the region, causing a significant impact on the economy and on food security, according to the World Food Programme.

Senegal’s decision comes shortly after South Africa cabinet issued a travel ban for non-citizens arriving from Ebola-hit countries.

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