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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South Africa bans travel from Ebola-hit countries

South Africa has closed its borders to all non-citizens travelling from countries hit by Ebola, the government has announced.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said non-South Africans will be denied entry to those travelling from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

South African citizens will be able to enter the country, but will have to go through a stringent screening programme.

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