As many as 7,000 people may have died in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown after a patient with Ebola fell ill, according to officials.

The government announced that the patient, a man from the southern city of Foshan, had been brought to the capital on Sunday.

He was found in a private residence in the city and died later in hospital.

Freetown is the capital of Sierra Leone and the largest city in West African country of Guinea.

It has been hit by two large-scale Ebola outbreaks in recent weeks.

In late October, a Liberian man died in Freetoun.

Sierra Leone is also reeling from the death of a Liberians’ aid worker.