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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Ethiopia|
Map of regions with confirmed (red) Coronavirus cases (as of 30 March)
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Index case||Addis Ababa|
|Arrival date||13 March 2020|
(3 weeks and 1 day)
On 13 March, the first coronavirus case was reported in the country and the victim later identified was a Japanese citizen. The process of contact tracing is currently taking place, according to Lia Tadesse, the Health Minister of Ethiopia.
Despite worsening situations in other countries, Ethiopia will not be enforcing a travel ban, with Tadesse stating that the virus is in 134 countries, and enforcing a travel ban will not work.
On 15 March, three additional cases of the coronavirus were reported. The infected persons, one Ethiopian and two Japanese nationals, had contact with the individual who was reported to be infected by the virus on 13 March.
On 19 March, three more cases of the virus have been confirmed. One is a 44-year-old Japanese national who had contact with the previously identified Japanese national. The second confirmed case is an 85-year-old Ethiopian who arrived in Ethiopia on 2 March 2020. The third case is a 39-year-old Austrian national who arrived in Ethiopia on 15 March 2020.
On 22 March, two additional cases were reported. The first confirmed case is of a 28-year-old Ethiopian who had travelled to Belgium and arrived in Ethiopia on 14 March 2020. The second case is a 34-year-old Ethiopian who had arrived from Dubai on 19 March 2020.
On 24 March, one additional case of the virus was reported. A 34-year-old Ethiopian who arrived from Dubai on 19 March tested positive for the virus. 15 people who are reported to have had contact with the individual are currently being monitored.
On 27 March, four more cases of the virus were confirmed. The first case is of a 72-year-old Mauritian who had arrived from Congo Brazzaville on 14 March 2020. The second case is of a 61-year-old individual from Adama in the Oromia Region with no prior travel history. The third case is of a 28-year-old Ethiopian national who has traveled to Israel and arrived in Ethiopia on 21 March 2020. The fourth case is a 24-year-old Ethiopian with no prior travel history. The case of this 24-year-old Ethiopian was later on announced to be a false-positive on 30 March 2020 after three follow up tests showed the patient to be negative.
On 29 March, five additional cases of the virus were reported. The first case is of a 28-year-old female Ethiopian who had travelled to Belgium and Cameroon on 17 March and 19 March respectively. The second and third cases are of a 14-year-old male and 48-year-old female from Adama who are members of the same family and had previous contact with an individual with the virus. The fourth and fifth cases are of a 38-year-old male and a 35-year-old female Ethiopians from Addis Ababa with both having a travel history to Dubai at different dates. One patient was also reported to have fully recovered, making the total number of recoveries 2.
On 30 March, the Prime Minister said in a statement that the total number of cases in the country has risen to 23. One of the cases is of a 32-year-old male Ethiopian who had arrived from the United States on 19 March. The second case is of a 37-year-old female Ethiopian who had arrived from United Arab Emirates on 21 March. Both individuals are from the Amhara Region.
On 31 March, four cases of the virus were reported. The first two cases are of two male Ethiopians, 30 and 36 years old, who had arrived from Dubai on 24 March. They were both placed under mandatory quarantine upon entry. The third case is of a 60-year-old female Ethiopian from Addis Ababa who had arrived from France on 15 March. The fourth confirmed case is of a 42-year-old male Ethiopian from Dire Dawa who arrived from Australia on 18 March.
On 1 April, three more cases were reported. The first one is a 33-year-old female Ethiopian with a travel history to Djibouti, Brazil, India, and Congo Brazzaville. The second case is of a 26-year-old male Ethiopian with no travel history. The third case is of a 32-year-old male Ethiopian who had contact with a person with a confirmed case and was under isolation.
On 2 April, one patient was reported to have fully recovered.
On 3 April, six more cases of the virus were reported. Five of the cases were from Addis Ababa and two of them had travel histories to Dubai on different dates. The sixth case is a 33-year-old female Ethiopian from Dire Dawa who said to have had contact with the person who tested positive on 31 March.
On 4 April, three additional cases of the virus were reported. All of the cases were from Addis Ababa. Two of the patients, a 29-year-old and a 34-year-old male Ethiopians, had travel histories to Dubai on different dates. The third case is of a 35-year-old female Ethiopian who had arrived from Sweden on 3 April. On the same date, one additional recovery was reported, increasing the total number of recoveries to 4.
On 20 March 2020, Ethiopian Airlines suspended flights to 30 countries affected with the coronavirus. On the same date it was announced that anyone entering the country should undergo a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. Night clubs in Addis Ababa are also to remain closed until further notice.
On 23 March 2020, Ethiopia closed all land borders and deployed security forces to halt the movement of people along the borders.
On 25 March 2020, 4,011 prisoners were granted pardon by the Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde in an effort to prevent the coronavirus spread. The pardon applies only to prisoners convicted of minor crimes who are serving sentences of up to three years and those who are about to be released.
On 2 April 2020, the Federal Attorney General granted pardon for 1,559 prisoners.
The pandemic has affected Ethiopia's flower export industry significantly. After Europe was hit with the coronavirus, the demand for flowers has plummeted and the price dropped by more than 80%. A total of 150,000 employees in this industry are also at the risk of losing their jobs.
Ethiopian airlines, the country's flag carrier, reported a 30% reduction in passenger traffic. The CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, reported a loss of $190 million in the months of February and March 2020.
The general elections which were set to be held on 29 August 2020 won't be held on the scheduled date, according to a statement by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia released on 31 March. The board also stated that it has temporarily ceased all activities related to the election.