Via The Liberian Observer: Senators Vote for Border Closure. This report also has the first update I've seen on the condition of the surviving Ebola patient. Excerpt:
Seated in an unlit Chamber, Senators of the 53rd Legislature Tuesday, April 1st, voted to work in collaboration with the House of Representatives to bid President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declare a State of Emergency and order Liberia’s borders with Guinea---and if necessary, those with Sierra Leone and La Côte d’Ivoire---closed.
That move, the Senators believe, will help health workers cut down the number of people moving in and out of the country and, axiomatically (obviously, goes without saying) reduce the incidence (frequency, rate) of carriers of the Ebola virus, entering through the country’s porous land borders.
According to the motion proffered by Maryland County Senator John Ballout, the leaderships of the two Houses will work with the Executive to encourage the President to declare state of emergency.
The Senators’ action was taken immediately after the Chairman on the Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs, Dr.(MD) Peter Sonpon Coleman, had briefed the lawmakers on the status of the Ebola virus.
Senator Coleman, who supports the eventual closure of the borders as the last measure to contain the virus, disclosed that the latest report from the Du Side Hospital in Harbel, Firestone, where the only living carrier is hospitalized, said there was encouraging news that her condition was improving, and that she is no longer rejecting her food intake.
Quoting a report from Lofa County, Sen. Coleman said the Superintendent of that county has ordered a stop to residents going into Guinea, a decision many in that border town have accepted.