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Ethiopia declares state of emergency

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Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the spread of the disease increases steadily.

The emergency law comes as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases hit fifty-five with two deaths and four recoveries.

Despite the various measures taken by the government, data shows a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, the statement added.

As part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus, schools and universities were closed and non-essential workers are delivering services from home.

The country’s Minister of Health Dr. Liya Tadesse said three new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed over the past twenty-four hours and this brings the total COVID-19 cases in Ethiopia to fifty-five.

All three confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals, according to a statement issued by the ministry. Two of the confirmed cases have travel history abroad and the other patients in a resident of Awi zone, Amhara regional state.

According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, more than one-point-four million cases of coronavirus have been registered globally.

More than  eighty-two thousand people have died and more than three-hundred thousand have recovered from the virus.


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