Daily Archives: March 23, 2020

Nation Closes Borders, Allocates 5 Billion Birr to Contain COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office of the Prime Minister announced that the government has allocated 5 billion Birr for the fight against corona virus, and all borders of the country are closed.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met today with heads of the security sector to discuss about the preparedness in relation to COVID-19 containment.

The federal government has accordingly alloted 5 billion Birr to undertake COVID-19 preparedness  tasks.

According to a press release of the Office of the Prime Minister, the following key measures were announced after the discussion.

As March 23,202,  the security sector will begin to enforce measures taken by the ministerial committee to cease large gatherings and maintain  social distancing.

Government institutions, including political parties, have to adhere to social distancing and preventative measures when convening meetings.

Government institutions will facilitate working from home options on a case-by-case basis for some employees.  

Public transporters to cease overcrowding, which will be monitored and enforced by traffic police and volunteers.  

The national defense forces and police will undertake internal preparations and get ready to undertake preventive tasks nationally.

Continued measures would to be taken against businesses illegally increasing prices on consumer goods.  

Media have to play a focused and critical role in raising prevention awareness at all levels.  

And the national defense forces will halt the movement of people along all borders, with the exception of incoming essential goods to the country.

Finally, the release disclosed that all regional states are preparing quarantine centers and their medical professionals in the event of hastened spread Source: Ethiopia News agency

Prime Ministers Abiy, Trudeau Hold Telephone Conversation

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held telephone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on ways of mitigating the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Abiy tweeted that he “had a fruitful phone conversation with Justin Trudeau on ways of mitigating the spread of COVID-19.”

He added that the leaders have agreed to work closely, including through experience sharing and other means. Source: Ethiopia News agency

African Finance Ministers Call for Coordinated COVID-19 Response

African Finance Ministers called for coordinated COVID-19 response to mitigate the adverse social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

During their recent meeting, the Ministers noted that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa was already experiencing a huge financing gap in funding measures and programs.

The Ministers emphasized that without coordinated efforts, the COVID-19 pandemic will have major and adverse implications on African economies and the society at large.

According to a statement from United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), original economic forecasts in most economies are on average, being downgraded by 2-3 percentage points for 2020 due to the pandemic.

The Ministers agreed on issues including the need for a coordinated response in the logistics and delivery of testing equipment.

The ministers emphasized the need to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and existing continental institutions, including the African Union and Africa CDC as well as with funding partners.

Particular attention should be placed on fragile states and vulnerable populations, especially women and children and those living in informal urban settlements, it was indicated.

As most of the pharmaceuticals and medical supplies consumed in Africa are imported, the Ministers also called on the international community to support the upgrade of the health infrastructure and to provide direct support to the existing facilities.

Africa needs an immediate emergency economic stimulus to the tune of 100 billion USD

Source: Ethiopia News agency

Ethiopia Confirms 2 More Cases Of Corona virus

One is a 28- year old Ethiopian, who arrived in Ethiopia on March 14, 2020 from Belgium, confirmed positive for COVID-19, Ministry of Health revealed.

The second is also a 34 years old Ethiopian, who came to Ethiopia on March 19, 2020 from Dubai and detected positive for COVID-19 at Bole International Airport health screening desks, it was indicated.

According to the Ministry of Health, both patients are in stable condition and under close medical care. The Previous confirmed nine cases are also in a stable condition except, an 85- years old woman, who is on an oxygen treatment.

So far, 392 samples have been investigated for COVID-19 in the country, the ministry said.

All passengers entering Ethiopia as of Monday will be placed in a mandatory quarantine for 14 days in designated hotels at their own personal cost, it was learned. Source: Ethiopia News agency

IOM Set to Expand Flow Monitoring Activities to Avert Human Trafficking

Addis Ababa: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Ethiopia has published a Flow Monitoring Survey Report on the movement of migrants in February 2020.

Though the exact numbers of irregular migrants are unknown, it is estimated that some 80,000 to 100,000 irregular migrants take to Africa’s Eastern migratory route every year.

Flow monitoring has been a key effort by the IOM as it seeks to assist member states trying to grasp the implications of so many people on the move.

The office set to expand flow monitoring activities in bid to prevent human trafficking and other protection related issues arising from irregular migration.

IOM Ethiopia has been publishing a monthly ‘dashboard’ capturing daily quantitative information on migration’s ‘in’ and ‘out’ flows with primarily focuses on locations, destinations, origins, demographics and population statistics.

The report, just released, includes qualitative findings and analysis of the movements of migrants and insights into routes, demographics, travel histories, intentions and the needs of migrant groups. 

It also captures daily qualitative information on household intentions, or reasons for choosing a destination country, to complement Flow Monitoring Registry data.

According to the report, the primary country of departure amongst respondents was Ethiopia, followed by Sudan and Djibouti while the primary intended final destinations included the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia. 

Ethiopia is the most popular route for African migrants trying to reach the Gulf and Far East.

The report stated that tens of thousands of Africans seek passage every year to the Middle East, crossing hundreds of desert miles towards the continent’s eastern coastline on trails as old as mankind itself.

Source: Ethiopia News agency