Freetown, - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koromo ordered the country's entire population on Saturday to keep to their homes on 27-29 March in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic.
"All Sierra Leoneans must stay at home for three days," he announced, expanding a previous order from the authorities for a lockdown in the capital Freetown and northern areas of the country.
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More than 10 000 people have died of the disease across West Africa.
Sidi Yaya Tunis, an official at Sierra Leone's National Ebola Response Centre, said health officials would carry out house-to-house searches to identify the sick.