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Ethiopia launches two apps to assist in curbing the spread of Covid-19

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Ethiopia has launched two mobile applications that can help control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The mobile applications were unveiled on Saturday, 30 May 2020 by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute in partnership with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders.

The first mobile application tracks people and alerts them if they have been in close contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.

The second mobile application will help to share uniform information among medical staff members who treat Covid-19 patients in the same facility.

Users can use the applications (Debbo and COVID 19 Ethiopia) by downloading from the Google Play Store and Official Website of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute.

Ethiopia has so far confirmed one-thousand and sixty-three cases of Covid-19 discharged more than two-hundred patients and reported eight deaths out of more than one-hundred and five-thousand total laboratory tests since mid-March 2020.

The country’s testing capacity against Covid-19 has increased to more than five-thousand per day from less than one-thousand two months ago.

The country’s Minister of Health, Lia Tadesse said as part of the efforts to prevent the spread of the virus more than seven-hundred teams of health experts were deployed across the country to hold contact tracing, besides a door-to-door screening and surveillance campaign.


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