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Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID 19 patients number climbs to 65

Ethiopia’s COVID 19 patients is growing daily but not exponentially. Less than 3500 have been tested so far. The policy response to the pandemic focuses on prevention.

Ethiopia COVID 19 update
Lia Tadesse, Ethiopia’s Minister for Health, updating the nation on the status of COVID 19. Photo : EBC

April 10, 2020 

The Ministry of Health said, on Friday, nine more individuals are diagnosed with COVID 19 virus. Four hundred forty-two people were tested over the past 24 hours. 

With the latest confirmed cases, the total number of  COVID 19 patients in the country has reached 65. The total number of individuals tested for the disease so far is only 3232. 

According to Lia Tadesse, the Ministry for Health, all the nine patients confirmed on Friday had a travel history outside of Ethiopia. Four of the patients came to Ethiopia from Dubai. Two patients came from Turkey and one Ethiopian from the United Kingdom. One patient had a travel history to the United States. 

In terms of nationality, seven of them are Ethiopians, one Eritrean, and one Indian, the Ministry disclosed.  

All the patients were in the quarantine center for travelers.  One of the two patients who were in the Intensive Care Unit has recovered. 

Only two patients died from the disease so far, and four people have recovered from it. 

This week Ethiopia declared a state of emergency, which the parliamentarians endorsed on Friday to enforce COVID 19 prevention measures with vigor. 

While there has been a positive trend in the country in terms of resource mobilization as a response to the pandemic, implementing preventative measures, like social distancing and staying at home, has proved to be challenging, mostly for cultural reasons. 

According to the attorney general, Adanech Abebe, the government had to declare a state of emergency because it has become impossible to enforce the law with the existing laws in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Churches and Mosques have been closed since last week, and worshipers are advised to pray from home. This week, a one-month national prayer has been declared in the country. 

Ethiopian government is working with traditional medicine practitioners in the country to develop a cure for the disease that has claimed tens of thousands of lives the world over.  

The causality from Coronavirus disease is mounting around the world. As of April 10, 2020, the total number of infected people is well over 1.6 million. And more than 97,000 people died from it.  In Africa, well over 11,000 people have contracted the virus and over 500 people died from it. 

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  1. Lawmakers and economists of Ethiopia need to slash unnecessary capital expenditures .

    Most of the projects need to be put on hold , to not continue risking the much needed CoronaVirus’s fighting budget allocation .

  2. Social distancing is a longstanding tradition in the old country when it comes to epidemics. I remember a young boy in my age group who came down with the smallpox many decades ago. He was quarantined in a small room attended by his mom only who herself had the disease and recovered in her young age. It was a common understanding that she was immune at that time because of earlier recovery. We were not allowed to be even in the vicinity. And one of my uncles was one of those who survived the 1918 deadly flu. I remember him talking about the ordeal he went thru with his siblings at our house. He was left to die alone in a temporary shelter outside the family hut put together by his dad. He was the only one in our immediate family who was partially bald. He had lost every speck of hair on his head during the sickness which could be from the searing fever. The other debilitating residue the flu left in him was a spell of coughing that he had to deal with almost every day. It used to scare me seeing him constantly coughing. He was the first one among his siblings to pass away as a middle age man from another disease. So social distancing was the common practice and I am sure there is still an understanding about its importance during epidemics in many rural areas. But things were very different the 1918 flu epidemic and my childhood years. The big change is the density of population. Residential places that used to be just sparsely populated with a few hundred residents when I left the old country they now have population in their tens of thousands in the same former village. Livable acreage has been shrinking while the population ballooning like there is no tomorrow. With such novel and extremely infectious virus it is going to be a nightmare over there. I am having a nightmare for them here thousands of miles away. I’m worried that more and more farms will go fallow. Talk about a disaster! I was talking to a friend in Hong Kong last night and he told me that many countries that used to export food material to his port city have stopped doing so because they themselves are facing food shortages. If this epidemic creates serious food shortage in the old country it will be extremely difficult to source that from overseas because every donor country will have the same problem. Just look around. I am having a nightmare about those upright people as I am writing this comment now. Couple that with the possibility of a disruptive coup d’état by some bigots, I just don’t wanna think about that and its immediate consequences. No, I don’t!

    Lord!!! I am throwing myself at your feet begging you for mercy. Please Lord, Don’t abandon those generous and Allah fearing people!!!

  3. በኮሮና ቫይረስ በሽታ ምክንያት በሀገራችን በዛሬው እለት ሦስተኛው ሰው ህይወት አለፈ::


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