Ebola will push Guinea, Sierra Leone into recession: World Bank

People look on as a woman reacts after her husband is suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Oct 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
People look on as a woman reacts after her husband is suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Oct 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The World Bank said on Tuesday that the fallout from the deadly Ebola pandemic will push Guinea and Sierra Leone into recession next year.

With the disease still not under control in West Africa, the cost to the two countries plus less-impacted Liberia of shuttered businesses and curtailed investment will run "well over" US$2 billion (S$2.6 million) in 2014-2015, the Bank said.