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Sierra Leone Bans Christmas Celebrations, Cites Ebola

Sierra Leone is banning public Christmas celebrations to help reduce the spread of the Ebola virus. A government spokesman told reporters Friday that all public celebrations would be banned starting December 20, five days before the holiday. However, the government order will not bar people from attending church on Christmas. The spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, said the measure was aimed at reducing physical contact among people in public in order to slow transmission of the...

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