Liberia opens new Ebola cemetery
Liberia has opened a new national cemetery to provide safe burial sites for victims of the Ebola outbreak.
A Liberian official said the 50-acre site in Monrovia, half of which is ready to use, will enable “dignified” burials instead of cremations.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says the number of people infected by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has now passed 20,000.
The virus has killed more than 7,800 people since it broke out a year ago.
The WHO said more than a third of the 20,081 cases in the West African states were in Sierra Leone, which has become the worst-hit country.
The situation in Liberia has improved in recent months but health officials warned on Monday that dozens of new cases had emerged near the country’s border with Sierra Leone.
Nearly 3,400 people have died from Ebola in Liberia over the past year with nearly 8,000 cases total.