ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has eased some of its restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The East African nation has introduced various restraints including a mandatory quarantine for all travelers entering the country as part of its effort to contain the virus that has killed at least 72 Ethiopians so far.
Late Friday, the government announced that it has revised some of the restrictions including shortening a mandatory 14-day quarantine of arrivals from abroad.
The government enforced the 14-day mandatory quarantine almost a week after the first COVID-19 case was confirmed on March 13.
Coordinator of COVID-19 National Ministerial Committee, Muferiat Kamil said, citing the maturity period of COVID-19 between 6 to 7 days, that the government decided to reduce the quarantine period from 14 to 7 days.
The passengers remaining seven days will be followed by self-isolation at home under a supervision of health experts.
Muferiat, who is also minister of peace, said the 7 days quarantine period will apply to persons entering Ethiopia
Under the revised restriction, people who came from abroad need to have a certificate that testifies they are negative for COVID-19 with a test conducted not more than 72 hours before their arrival.
A person who does not have the certificate will be quarantined for 7 days and an additional 7-day at home, it says.
Officials also said families of COVID-19 victims can now arrange funerals, but the number of people allowed to attend burials remains restricted.
The latest move came three weeks after health officials eased the 14 day mandatory quarantine period for diplomatic missions entering the country.
As of Friday, Ethiopia has confirmed 4, 070 coronavirus infections.