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A 114-year Old Ethiopian Man Survives COVID-19 Infection

By Staff Reporter

Aba-Tilahun-Covid-19June 27, 2020 ( -- A 114-year old Ethiopian man has survived a coronavirus infection and was discharged from Eka Kotebe COVID-19 treatment center in Addis Ababa.

The recovery of Priest Aba Tilahun created a bright moment for doctors who were battling the pandemic at the front line in the treatment center where the majority of COVID-19 patients in Ethiopia are being hospitalized.

Dr. Yared Agidew, one of the doctors who treated the old man, posted on his Facebook page about the man's remarkable recovery after being admitted at the hospital with the virus which is usually fatal for patients who a

Ethiopia Launches Nationwide Antibody Test for COVID-19

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COVID-19-antibodyJune 22, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has launched a coronavirus antibody test that could help the government better understand the degree of immunity of those people who recovered from COVID-19 infection.

The antibody test also aims to help find out infection rates and curb the spread of the pandemic among those communities who are vulnerable to the disease, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute said in a statement.

According to the Institute, the antibody test will take place until July 14, 2020, on those people who were recovered from the virus.

The antibody test would be made on about f

Millions Observe Annular Solar Eclipse in Ethiopia

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Solar-Eclipse-EthiopiaJune 21, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia saw the annular Solar Eclipse on Sunday, June 21, 2020, to the delight of millions of spectators in the western and northern parts of the country.

The annular solar eclipse began from central Africa, passed to Sudan, and the highlands of Ethiopia in and around Lalibela, Enjibara and Alamata towns and Bahir Dar City and surrounding areas as well as in different districts of Oromia, Amhara and Tigray regional states of the country.

The annular solar eclipse is also known as “ring of fire” was visible partially and fully for about two minutes and 46 second

Ethiopia to Use Dexamethasone for Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

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Covid-19-rule-relaxed-EthiopiaJune 19, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Ministry of Health has recommended the use of dexamethasone for the treatment of coronavirus patients who are critically ill.

Health Minister, Dr. Lia Tadesse said her ministry recommends the emergency use of low dose Dexamethasone for COVID-19 patients who require oxygen and/or mechanical ventilation for treatment.

The recommendation followed an extensive study conducted by the Ethiopian Health Professionals and National Advisory Council over the impact of the drug on the treatment of the pandemic.

According to the Minster, the details of this tr

Ketman: Living in Disguise to Gain Acceptance

By Abel Merawi

Captive-Mind-KetmanJune 17, 2020 ( -- Imagine living in the Orwellian world of totalitarianism as portrayed in his classic work, ‘1984’. In this world, everything you say and do is monitored by the government. If you deviate from the life prescribed for, you will face the wrath of the powerful. You may find the seemingly innocent conversation you have with family, friends, and colleagues as a means to vent your emotions and reveal your true identity. But you can no longer trust them for they might be cadres or informants. Living in constant fear, you hide your identity in the inner part of your mind. With this resolution, you beg

Government Says Several Parties Involved in Abduction of University Students

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Dembi-Dollo-Kidnap-VictimsJune 15, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has announced the involvement of several parties in the abduction of Dembi Dolo University students in September last year with some members of the parties monitoring the kidnap from Addis Ababa.

Speaking to local media, Prime Minister Office's Press Secretariat Head Nigusu Tilahun said the government has found out that the kidnap was not carried to get a ransom but a pre-arranged and calculated tactic.

No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction since December but Oromia regional officials have blamed the ar

At Least 90 Ethiopian Health Workers Tested Positive for COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Health-workersJune 8, 2020 ( -- At least 90 Ethiopian health workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as the number of citizens infected by the pandemic rises to 2020 across the country.

The health workers contracted the virus from outgoing patients in various health centers across the country, Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tadesse said in a daily briefing.

Dr, Lia said most of the cases which make up 91 percent of the total infections among the health community are in Addis Ababa.

The pandemic has already claimed the lives of 27 Ethiopians and seven deaths, the highest ever was reported on Sunday.

Virus Pandemic Expected to Push 15 Million Ethiopians to Seek Handouts: Minister

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Ahmed-Shide-budget-virusMay 31, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian House of People Representatives on Friday unanimously approved over 48 billion Birr as a supplementary budget to address the impacts coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Addressing the House of Peoples Representatives, Minister of Finance Ahmed Shide said additional 15 million Ethiopians are forecast to require emergency food aid due to the spread of coronavirus.

Hence, the minister said 48.3 billion Birr supplementary budget is required to deal with the economic impact of the pandemic and 38 billion Birr of the budget would go to support 30 million emergency

Ethiopia Issues Directive Requiring People to Wear Face Masks

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Masks-requiredMay 28, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has issued a directive requiring people to wear face coverings anywhere outside homes to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Imposing a stricter measure to control the spread of the coronavirus was found to be mandatory as the spread of the pandemic surges, Attorney General Adanech Abiebie twitted after a ministerial meeting dwelling COVID-19 infections in the country.

Wearing face masks was not mandatory everywhere in Ethiopia, but strict rules had been enforced to cover mouth and nose in public, market, and transportation places wher

OLF Militants Kill 12 Policemen in Southern Ethiopia

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OLF-SheneMay 21, 2020 ( -- Militants of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have killed 12 policemen in the Guji zone of Oromia regional state in southern Ethiopia, deputy administrator of the zone has disclosed.

“12 members of the Oromia special police force were killed in a fight that took place in Gumi locality of Guji zone against members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), deputy administrator of the Guji zone Malicha Dika told the BBC Amharic service.

The Oromia regional government has admitted that there is ongoing fighting between government security forces and OLF militants in Sebabiru, Go

Addis Ababa Police Arrests over 2800 “Violators” of Emergency Rule

By Staff Reporter

Masks-Addis-AbabaMay 16, 2020 ( -- The Addis Ababa Police arrested more than 2800 people who allegedly violated the state of emergency declared by the government to stem COVID-19 pandemic.

Wearing face masks is not mandatory everywhere in Ethiopia, but strict rules have been enforced to cover mouth and nose in public, market, and transportation places where more than four people are available.

The Ethiopian state of emergency issued a month ago made it a crime punishable by law for anyone who is found walking or staying in such places without wearing a face mask.

In a surprise campaign co

Ethiopian Police Detain Thousands of Civilians for Not Wearing Masks

By Staff Reporter

Masks-Addis-AbabaMay 13, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian federal police on Wednesday detained thousands of civilians who do not wear masks on the streets of Addis Ababa without prior notice.

The state of emergency declared by the government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic does not state if it is compulsory to put the face masks on while leaving homes. has witnessed that the police apprehended hundreds of passersby who did not wear a mask around areas called Torhailoch, Mexico, and National Theater and placed them on the premises of Misraq Goh School in casa Inchis area.

The temporary detentions were carrie

Fame Mistaken for Expertise

By Abel Merawi

Healthcare-EthiopiaMay 4, 2020 ( -- In times of crisis, information and better understanding are indispensable for survival. But it is difficult to have a thorough understanding when your main sources of information are famous people. We are currently dealing with the COVID-19 global pandemic, and every time we turn on the TV or other mainstream media, we meet famous personalities rather than experts. We see interviews with musicians, sports personalities, actors, and comedians regarding the spread of the virus. Activists and popular politicians dominate the limelight, ready to show us how to best protect ourselves from the pandemic. Social

Death Toll from COVID-19 will Peak in June: Ethiopian Health Ministry

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19-Ethiopia-death-toll-to-peak-JuneMay 4, 2020 ( -- The death toll from the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ethiopia likely reaches the highest in late June and early July, the country’s Ministry of Health has disclosed.

“We have not passed the worst scenario that COVID-19 can cause in Ethiopia as a pandemic of such kind will reach its peak in ten weeks or three months on average,” Dr. Yakob Seman, Health and Health-Related Director in the ministry told the local media.

The study conducted by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health revealed that about 13 million people are expected to fall victim t

Guinea Worm Outbreak Re-Emerges in Western Ethiopia

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Guinea-Worm-Disease-EthiopiaApril 30, 2020 ( -- Guinea Worm Disease (GWD) outbreak has re-emerged in Gog district and Dule districts in Gambella Regional State of western Ethiopia.

Kan Gatlowak, Gambella region’s health bureau head said seven people have been affected so far after the disease re-emerged this month.

According to the head, the disease has been affecting domestic and wild animals such as dogs and baboons over the past 27 months.

Kan said the region has been working hard to eradicate the disease, such as abating of ponds, providing potable water to remote areas as well as providing

The Heavy Burden of Healthcare Workers

By Abel Merawi

Healthcare-Workers-Ethiopia-COVID-19April 27, 2020 ( -- Whenever there is danger around, the evolutionary and natural instinct of every human being is to run away. But the modern system with division of labor has made some face danger despite the consequences. Instead of running away, people in certain professions run toward danger. At the top of the list, we find heroes such as soldiers, police officers, firefighters, and healthcare workers. When there is a national threat, it is the soldiers who courageously stand in the front line. Whenever we encounter dangers in our everyday dealings, we call the police. The only people

COVID-19 Pandemic Could Push 50 Million Ethiopians into Poverty: Study

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-COVID-19April 26, 2020 ( -- The economic crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic could push 50 million Ethiopians into poverty unless urgent actions are taken, the Ethiopian Economists Association (EEA) has warned.

In a study conducted on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the association said the pandemic will paralyze the nation’s economy causing up to 200 billion birr loss if the pandemic prevails over the next one year.

EEA Poverty and Hunan Development Senior Expert Dr. Degeye Goshu said the pandemic will affect the service sector worst and millions of civil servants will lose their jobs.


Tigray Region Ease Some Restrictions Over COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19-TigrayApril 25, 2020 ( -- The Tigray Regional State has eased some of the restrictions it imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ordered civil servants to get back to their jobs.

“No case of the virus was confirmed yet in the region after lock-down for 14 days and house to house health check against the virus,” Dr. Debretsion Geberemichael, Deputy President the regional government said in a briefing.

The regional government has also lifted travel restrictions within districts and on some businesses and trading activities which were suspended for two weeks.

Accordingly, cafes, coffee ho

Ethiopia Reports No Cases of COVID-19 Out of 965 Samples Tested

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19-TestingApril 23, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has reported no new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, April 23, 2020, since it confirmed the first case of the pandemic on March 13, 2020.

The zero positive results were reported out of the 965 samples taken over the past 24 hours, Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health has said.

Ethiopia has so far discharged 21 COVID-19 patients out of 116 confirmed cases and reported three deaths.

The “zero positive results” out of 965 suspected cases does not indicate the virus is wiped out or declined, the minister said.

Dr. Lia urged the public

Twelve COVID-19 Diagnostic Laboratories Begin Services: Ethiopian Health Minister

By Staff Reporter

Dr.-Lia-Minister-Health-EthiopiaApril 22, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Minister of Health Lia Tadesse said twelve additional COVID-19 diagnostic laboratories have become operational this week as cases in the country slowly but steadily increased.

The new COVID-19 laboratories have brought the total number of coronavirus testing facilities in the country to 20, Dr. Lia Tadesse said in a briefing on Tuesday.

According to the minister, 11 of the laboratories will be providing services in different regional towns and cities, while the other nine labs are located in Addis Ababa, including a lab owned by a private hospit


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