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Food rationing launched in Ethiopian city due to Covid-19 pandemic

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On Saturday, 30 May 2020, the Addis Ababa City government launched food rationing for about one-thousand vulnerable city dwellers who were ordered to stay home due to coronavirus pandemic.

The food rationing came after two localities in the capital Addis Ababa were hit severely by Covid-19 and more than three0hundred cases of the virus were confirmed in the two areas.

Addis Ababa remains to be the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in Ethiopia hosting over seventy percent of the total one-thousand and sixty-three reported cases since mid-March 2020.

The country has discharged over two-hundred patients and reported eight deaths out of more than one hundred and five thousand total laboratory tests.

Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa, Engineer Takelle Umma has launched the food distribution program supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Ethiopia.

The food rationing that will last for three months is initiated in line with smoothening impacts of the coronavirus in a certain place at Lideta Sub City where movements of people are restricted and districts of Addis Ketema Sub City, the office of the mayor stated.

Currently, there are fifteen million people in Ethiopia requiring food aid due to drought in different parts of the country.

According to the government’s estimates, an additional fifteen million Ethiopians will require emergency food assistance due to the spreading coronavirus.

– APA

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