Fed Courts Partially Closed after COVID-19 Cases Hits Six

ADDIS ABABA – Several government offices start to introduce measures to contain coronavirus outbreak a day after Ethiopia recorded its sixth case.

Ethiopia’s health ministry confirmed a 59-year old UK diplomat, who came to Ethiopia from Dubai, as country’s six cases on Tuesday.

All of the patients are quarantined and in good conditions, health officials said.

“Of the 6 confirmed cases currently on follow up four of them are now in good condition with no symptoms,” Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health said. “Two of the patients have mild to moderate symptoms and they are under frequent follow up”.

Apart from treating the patients, the government has introduced several preventive measures, including banning public gatherings, on Monday.

Courts partially closed

The latest measure came from the Federal Supreme Court that decided for courts to be partially closed.

“Federal Courts will be in partial closure for the next 15 days,” announced Meaza Ashenafi, President of the Supreme Court of Ethiopia, on Wednesday. 

On Thursday and Friday, however,  judges “will re-adjourn cases adjourned for the coming two weeks and new files will not be accepted in this period”, she said.

“Cases that require urgent action from courts will be entertained,” Meaza added.

Defense sets up task forces

Ethiopia’s National Defense Force has also established task forces at all levels to prevent the spread of the virus in the military.

They will be actively involved to implement preventive measures against the virus, said General Adem Mohammed, Chief of Staff of the National Defense Forces.

He also urged members of the defense force to limit their movement outside the camp while announcing that there will be no recruitment of new soldiers.

Ethiopian Airlines said on its website that medics stationed at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, a key regional transit hub, carry out continuous health screenings 24/7.

The government in the Horn of Africa country has closed schools nationwide and offered to transport people on government buses to ease congestion on public transport.

Image: Meaza Ashenafi, President of the Supreme Court of Ethiopia.

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