Ethiopia Reports 6th Case of Coronavirus

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19March 17, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has reported its 6th case of coronavirus, the latest being a 59-year-old UK diplomat, who arrived in Addis Ababa from Dubai last Monday.

She is now in an isolation center for medical follow up, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ethiopia reported its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) last Friday after a Japanese citizen tested positive. The other two Japanese and two Ethiopians tested positive for the deadly virus in the following days.

In a press release on Tuesday, Director General of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute Dr. Eba Abate said so far 992 people, who were believed to have contacts with the infected people are under close follow up from the institute.

The institute had been following the health status of 1285 people who were close contacts with the infected people.

The institute further stated that out of the 113 individuals who were quarantined at the institute’s center, 74 of them were tested negative and rejoined the community.

34 of them are currently in an isolation center waiting for their laboratory results, Dr. Eba added.

Meanwhile, the prices of household items have increased across the country as demand surged due to coronavirus pandemic.

The Addis Ababa Trade Bureau said it has taken measures against 188 illegal traders who were found to sell the household items above their normal price.

The measures range from fines to shutting down of businesses of the illegal traders. The Amhara Trade and Industry Bureau also took similar measures against 744 traders involved in the unfair trading activities.

In another development, in response to the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak, Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is taking extra steps to ensure its customers’ health and comfort.

The Ethiopian Airlines still flies to five cities of China while almost African airlines suspended flights to coronavirus most hit China.

The measures are also intended to provide passengers with confidence and peace of mind when planning their travel, said the airlines in a statement.

“On all aircraft departing from its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines has implemented enhanced cleaning and complete disinfection of all cabins as a precaution,” it said.

“In line with the latest expert medical finding that the COVID-19 virus is primarily transmitted by touch, Ethiopian has placed its greatest focus on surface cleaning.”

Ethiopian uses an approved chemical that is proven to kill viruses and germs, leaves a long-lasting protective coating against new contamination of viruses, bacteria and fungi on surfaces, and is eco-friendly.

The cleaning process includes a comprehensive wipe down of all surfaces – from windows, tray tables, seat back screens, armrests, seats, in-seat controls, panels, air vents and overhead lockers in the cabin, to lavatories, galleys and crew rest areas.

“All of this is done in addition to other normal procedures such as changing head rest covers on all seats, replacement of reading materials, vacuuming, and more,” said the statement.

All of Ethiopian’s aircraft are fitted with HEPA cabin air filters which are proven to filter out 99.97% of viruses.

They also remove dust, allergens and microbes from the air recirculated into the cabin and cockpit, which helps to provide a safer, healthier and more comfortable environment for the passengers and crew.

All of Ethiopian Airlines aircrafts are equipped with bio-hazard kits and gloves, hand sanitizer and face masks are available to keep the staff and crew safe.

The statement added “The safety and security of passengers and employees is always the top priority of Ethiopian Airlines. Accordingly, we are working closely with WHO, IATA and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to ensure your health and comfort as you fly with us.”

Coronavirus has so far sickened over 184,000 people and left more than 7,000 dead. Nearly 80,000 people have recovered from the virus

About 158 countries have reported COVID-19 cases. So far 30 African countries confirmed the deadly coronavirus with Egypt taking the lead reporting 166 cases.

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