Number of new Ebola cases declines: UNMEER

ISLAMABAD: There has been an overall decline in the number of new Ebola cases, especially in the three most affected African countries, said a UN official on Ebola.

Briefing on the progress in the global Ebola response to a UN General Assembly meeting, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, new head of United Nations’ Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) said that “the devastating spread of the disease has slowed,” Xinhua reported.

According to Ahmed, among the three most affected countries, Liberia has recorded the sharpest decline, from averages exceeding 300 cases per week in August and September to less than 10 cases per week today.

In the past three weeks, the number of new cases in Sierra Leone and Guinea has been at its lowest since August and late July of last year respectively.

While the numbers of overall new cases has come down, the disease has spread across a larger geographic area, the UN official said, warning against complacency in the fight against Ebola.