Ethiopia to Tighten COVID-19 Control Measures amid Surge in Cases

ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian Government said it will tighten control measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

The decision came after the number of coronavirus cases has shown a dramatic increase – from 429 to 655 confirmed cases on Monday.

The results could be a reflection of the increase in the country’s daily testing capacity, said Muferihat Kamil, Minister of Peace and Coordinator of the COVID-19 Ministerial Committee.

“The increasing trend over the past three-day, however, needs proper and serious attention,” the Minister told reporters.

The federal government says more attention will be given to Addis Ababa – the epicenter of coronavirus in Ethiopia.

Addis Ketema, Arada, and Lideta sub-cities are the hotspots of the virus in the capital, according to the Minister.

The government will take strict measures in areas that have been identified to be most affected by the disease, she said.

Ethiopia confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on March 13. Since then, it has tested close to 83, 854 people and reported 655 patients including five deaths.

To date, 159 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered from the virus.