ADDIS ABABA – Three new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been identified in Ethiopia today, Health officials announced.
Ethiopian Public health Institute has conducted 225 testes over the past 24 hours. Of these, three individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the ministry of health.
“All confirmed cases are Ethiopians,” said the ministry, adding two – who are residents of Addis Ababa – were under mandatory quarantine up their return Dubai.
The other patient is a resident of Awi zone’s Addis Kidan town in Amhara regional state. The patient had no travel history abroad but contacted a confirmed case, the ministry added.
Dr. Lia advised the public yet again “to avoid any mass gathering, apply precaution measures such as hand-washing with soap and maintain physical distancing” today.
The latest announcement came minutes after prime minister Abiy Ahmed has declared a state of emergency due to the increasing threat of coronavirus.
This is the country’s third state of emergency in four years. Details are yet to emerge what restrictions the decree will bring.
Out of the 54 confirmed cases, two people have died while four fully recovered from the disease.