COVID-19: Deputy Mayor Rules Out Full Lockdown of Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, will not be put under lock-down and keep city residents at home in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus, city’s top official said on Saturday.

The majority of COVID-19 cases in Ethiopia are in the capital.

Deputy Mayor Takele Uma has ruled out the full lockdown of the city during a press briefing on Saturday.

Instead, he said the city would focus on beefing up other ways put in place to contain the spread coronavirus.

The city administration has already allotted 600 million Birr to stop the spread of the virus while over 30,000 volunteers are currently engaged in awareness and fundraising activities in the capital.

Religious leaders, investors and residents of the city are providing the necessary support for the effort, deputy mayor Takele said.

The administration said it will make available food items – stored in five warehouses – at a reasonable price to the inhabitants beginning next week.

Across the nation, people have been told to keep a meter distance with each other; public gatherings have been banned while schools are closed and the majority of public workers told to work from home.

According to the deputy mayor, wide-ranging activities have been introduced to fight the disease and take corrective measures against those who violate regulations put in place to contain COVID-19.

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