Social mobilizers speak with residents, including children during the three-day stay-at-home curfew in a slum in Freetown, Sierre Leone, in this UNICEF handout photo taken March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Bindra/UNICEF/Handout
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Sierra Leone's 1.8 million children prepared Tuesday to return to school, eight months after classes were shut to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.Only nine confirmed cases were reported in the seven days to April 5, the WHO said in its latest situation update, compared with 25 the previous week -- a fifth consecutive weekly decrease and the lowest weekly total in almost a year.UNICEF -- funded in its work on the return to school by at least 11 countries including United States, Britain, Germany and Japan -- said it was supplying 24,300 hand washing stations, enough for three in every school, and cleaning equipment to prepare school buildings.It was not immediately clear how many schools would open on the first day back.
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