Sierra Leone's Christmas is in lockdown

The northern part of Sierra Leone is in almost total lockdown to help prevent the spread of Ebola.

For the next three days almost all public gatherings are banned and only vehicles related to treating the virus will be allowed on roads.

Markets will be closed for up to five days and the measures apply to all Christian and Muslim services.

However, Christians are still allowed to attend church today on Christmas Day.

Sierra Leone imposed a state of emergency earlier this year as it became the country worst affected by the Ebola outbreak that began in Guinea.

The World Health Organisation says more than 7,500 people have died from the outbreak, mostly in West Africa.

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