The Defence Minister and National Covid Response Coordinator announce a three-day nationwide lockdown as a containment measure against the spread of the virus. (See primary source or citation here)
Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Sierra Leone exceeded 4,100 by early June 2021. A second wave in early 2021—which saw daily cases exceeding the previous peak in May June 2020—abated in February 2021; daily cases have been low since. At the onset of the pandemic, the Government decisively implemented prevention measures, including a 12-month state of emergency. After a period of progressive easing since mid 2020, some restrictions were temporarily reintroduced in January 2021. The state of emergency was lifted in March 2021; public health directives remain in place. The first vaccines (from SinoPharm and Astra Zeneca) arrived in late February and totaled 200,000 and 96,000 doses, respectively (a total of 528,000 of AstraZeneca have been allocated under COVAX). By early June, the number of people having received at least one dose was around 69,000 (about 0.9 percent of the population), with about 11,000 of these (0.14 percent of the population) fully vaccinated.