4FourTwo article 4FiveThirtyEight article 4Six months after Ebola first struck in Nigeria, it has been declared officially over by the United Nations.

The outbreak in West Africa, which began in Guinea in late March, killed more than 6,000 people. 

The UN Security Council on Wednesday approved a $25m (£18m) relief package for Nigeria, as it tries to stem the flow of the virus.

More:The United Nations Security Council is expected to approve a $50m (£38m) package to Nigeria, the Associated Press news agency reported, citing a UN official. 

Nigeria is among at least 12 countries to have declared the Ebola pandemic over, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The United States has not yet officially declared the pandemic under the $25bn aid package, the AP reported.

The US and several other countries have been criticised for not acting sooner on the threat of the Ebola virus. 

President Donald Trump has said he would “take a lot of heat” over the pandemics response, saying the US had not been able to control the virus since it was first identified in 2014.

But the president said he did not want to take a “sledgehammer” to Africa, adding: “We’re going to have to do a lot more to try to stop this from happening in the US.”

The UK is also not yet a declared country of the outbreak, but has been urged to take in those who have arrived in the UK and be prepared for them to be tested for the virus if they do get sick.

The UK Health Secretary said on Wednesday that a number of countries were sending people back to the UK to try and prevent the spread of the pandemate, saying it was a “game changer” in the fight against the virus in Africa.

Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, said on Twitter that the UK was “proud to welcome 2,000 additional NHS nurses and support staff” and that the country was working to “build an additional 300,000 beds in the coming weeks”.

“Our aim is to keep people in the country and prevent them getting infected, and we are making the most of every last moment,” she said.

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