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塞拉利昂因埃博拉禁止圣诞节公共庆祝活动

时间:2014-12-14 10:14:40  作者:VOA双语阅读  来源:美国之音  查看:23  评论:0
内容摘要:塞拉利昂为了减少埃博拉病毒扩散,禁止举行圣诞节公众庆祝活动。政府一名发言人对记者说,从12月20日圣诞节5天前开始,将禁止所有的公众庆祝活动。不过政府没有禁止人们在圣诞节前往教堂。这名政府发言人说,禁令的目的是减少人们在公共场所的身体接触,以减缓病毒的传播。批评人士说,禁令无助于...
塞拉利昂为了减少埃博拉病毒扩散,禁止举行圣诞节公众庆祝活动。

政府一名发言人对记者说,从12月20日圣诞节5天前开始,将禁止所有的公众庆祝活动。不过政府没有禁止人们在圣诞节前往教堂。这名政府发言人说,禁令的目的是减少人们在公共场所的身体接触,以减缓病毒的传播。

批评人士说,禁令无助于病毒的控制,但却会侵犯塞拉利昂宪法规定的宗教自由。

世界卫生组织本周表示,塞拉利昂成为西非地区疫情最为严重的国家。西非是埃博拉疫情的中心地区。

塞拉利昂已经记录出现8000多例埃博拉病毒感染病例,近1900人死亡。世卫组织说,利比里亚、几内亚和塞拉利昂总共报告了1万8188个埃博拉病例和6583个死亡病例。

塞拉利昂人口的大多数是穆斯林,不过也有相当多庆祝圣诞节的基督徒人口。

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 virus.

Critics said the ban would do nothing to contain the virus and would infringe upon freedom of religion as enshrined in Sierra Leone's constitution.

The World Health Organization said this week that Sierra Leone has become the hardest-hit nation in the West African region where the Ebola outbreak is centered.

Sierra Leone has recorded more than 8,000 cases of Ebola infection and nearly 1,900 deaths. The World Health Organization said 18,188 Ebola cases and 6,583 deaths have been reported overall (in Liberia and Guinea as well as Sierra Leone).

Most people in Sierra Leone are Muslims, but there also is a sizable population of Christians.
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