Liberia closed most of its borders on Monday in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola virus.

The government decided to close the borders after a third doctor, who was working to contain the virus in West Africa, contracted the disease.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said only five entry points, including James Spriggs Payne Airport in Monrovia and Roberts International Airport– 50 kilometres further east, remained open.

“Preventive and testing centres will be established at the five entry points for all outgoing and incoming travellers,” the president added.

Mrs. Johnson -Sirleaf also announced restrictions on public gatherings and requested hotels, restaurants, entertainment centres and video clubs, to show educational Ebola prevention videos.

According to the president, Liberia is planning to install facilities to wash hands in government facilities and public places across the country.