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Schools and social events suspended amid coronavirus – Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has suspended schools, universities, large meetings and sporting events in a counter move to contain the spread of COVID-19.

So far five people tested positive for the deadly coronavirus and one-hundred and seventeen people are being quarantined on suspicion of contracting the virus.

In a live broadcast on Monday, 16 March 2020 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the suspension of schools, sport activities and meetings from Monday and for for the coming fifteen days. The decision has come after the Premier held consultations with cabinet members along with various stakeholders including Ethiopian Airlines, Ministry of Education, Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), and Ministry of Health.

Abiy said students of higher education institutions will remain in their campuses and dorms receiving course content online.

Religious institutions and places of worship were also urged to limit gatherings.

The government has also decided to avail government buses free of charge to the public to minimise overcrowding in the public transport system.

According to the premier, all the five people who were tasted positive for the COVID-19 are in a stable condition. The COVID-19 victims in Ethiopia consist of three Japanese and two Ethiopians.

The worldwide outbreak has sickened over one-hundred and fifty-six thousand people and left more than five-thousand and eight-hundred dead.


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