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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Liberia officials face sack for fleeing country over Ebola

The President of Liberia has threatened officials with dismissal if they do not show up for work, as reports suggest many have fled the country for fear of contracting Ebola.

President Ellen Johnson warned those of ministerial rank would be dismissed, while more junior civil servants would have their salaries suspended.

President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson, has threatened officials with dismissal if they do not show up for work Credit: PA

It comes as health officials revealed more than 200 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola have been reported in Liberia over the past three days.

Most of the new cases have occurred in the coastal capital city Monrovia, where two neighbourhoods have been quarantined.

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