People stand in a street of Monrovia on February 22, 2015 during the first night with the Ebola curfew lifted. AFP/ZOOM DOSSO
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It is the early hours of the morning and bars in the Liberian capital are packed as revelers drink, sing and rejoice their first night of freedom with the Ebola curfew lifted.For long, miserable months people have trudged home in the evenings under tough restrictions to stem the spread of an epidemic which has killed thousands and devastated the economy.But the country of 4 million is slowly emerging from the epidemic, with infections at a fraction of the peak, borders reopening, children back at school and now the night-time lockdown lifted.Liberia and its neighbors Guinea and Sierra Leone have registered almost 9,500 deaths since December 2013, although the real picture could be far worse as it is feared many cases have not been reported.Panicked by the spread of the epidemic, Liberia imposed the curfew on Aug. 6, initially from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. but subsequently relaxed, applying from midnight until 6 a.m.
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