Ethiopia Closes Border over Coronavirus Pandemic

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia has closed all its borders as authorities continue to take drastic measures to avert the spread of COVID 19.

The decision was announced after Prime ministers Abiy Ahmed met with security officials of the country  on Monday to discuss on preparedness in relation to COVID-19 containment.

“The national defense forces to halt the movement of people along all borders, with the exception inkling essential goods to the country,” announced the prime minister office of Ethiopia in a statement.

The number of coronavirus cases in Ethiopia has increased to 11 on Saturday, prompting the government to come up with additional measures to contain the spread of the virus on Friday.

The focus of Abiy’s meeting with security officials on Monday was to make sure these measures are activated across the nation.

The PM office’s statement said, as of March 23, 2020, the security sector will begin to enforce measures including ceasing large gatherings and maintain social distancing.

They are also tasked to make sure public transporters stop overcrowding and monitor businesses are not increasing prices on consumer goods illegally.

The national defense force and police will also undertake internal preparation and get ready to undertake preventative task nationally, according to the statement.

Currently, all regional states are preparing quarantine centers and their medical professionals, in event of hastened spread COVID-19 with the federal government availing 5 billion birr budget for similar mission.

[Map Al Jazeera]

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