This file picture dated November 7, 2014 shows people walking past a billboard reading "Stop Ebola" in Freetown. AFP PHOTO/FRANCISCO LEONG
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Sierra Leone said Thursday it will confine around 2.5 million people to their homes across the capital and in the north in a three-day shutdown aimed at stemming the Ebola epidemic.On Wednesday the WHO reported 150 new confirmed cases in the week to Sunday, compared with 116 the previous week.The country reported 55 new confirmed cases, the lowest weekly total since late June 2014, and WHO chief Margaret Chan said Wednesday it had made "tremendous progress" in combating Ebola.There was also bad news for Moyamba district, which borders Port Loko and the Western Area, after one new confirmed case broke a 42-day run with no infections.More than 300 healthcare workers have been infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone, and almost three-quarters have died.
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