Coronavirus: Ethiopia Confirms First Case

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian officials have confirmed the positive test in Ethiopia for COVID-19. The person found positive is a 48-year-old Japanese citizen who came to Ethiopia from Burkina Faso last week.

Ethiopia has put in place a disease surveillance program since the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, and it has now identified the first positive case in the country.

Ethiopia’s health minister Dr. Lia Tadesse the man had arrived from Burkina Faso on 4 March and tested positive for the virus on Thursday night.

“The patient is a 48 year old Japanese citizen who came to Ethiopia on March 4th from Burkina Faso,” said Dr. Lia.

He “is currently isolated at our facility undergoing medical follow up,” she added.

Authorities have put at least 25 people that the suspect contacted during his stay in Ethiopia under quarantine.