Ebola death toll rises to above 2,600

More than 2,600 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported more than 5,000 cases across west Africa, describing the crisis as "unparalleled in modern times".

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BA suspends Sierra Leone and Liberia flights over Ebola

British Airways has offered customers with bookings to Sierra Leone and Liberia to rebook their flights or request a full refund. Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

British Airways has temporarily suspended all flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak.

The airline confirmed all its flights to and from the respective capitals of Freetown and Monrovia have been suspended until August 31 because of the "deteriorating public health situation" in both countries.

The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the route under constant review in the coming weeks.

Customers with tickets on those routes are being offered a range of options including a full refund and the ability to rebook their flights to a later date.

– British Airways spokesperson

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