Ethiopia Orders Public Servants to Stay Home over COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Civil-servants-EthiopiaMarch 24, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has ordered the country’s public servants to stay and deliver services at home as part of efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

In an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, the council of ministers passed the decision that government employees will work from home effective March 25, 2020, until further notice.

The government offices will select employees who will carry out tasks from home based on criteria to be set by each office, the council of ministers said in a statement.

The decision was to ease overcrowding in public transport services and stations as well as in offices to control possible contamination of COVID-19.

Employees working from home are expected to be accessible at any time and deliver services up to the expectations of their supervisors.

The Council also announced the establishment of a sub-committee, in addition to the COVID-19 Ministerial Committee, to coordinate efforts to address the pandemic.

The premier in the extraordinary session called on the public to adhere to instructions of the federal government and ministry of health and Ethiopian public health institute to contain COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia confirmed one more case of coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 12.

The 12th case is a 34-year old Ethiopian who came from Dubai on March 19, 2020, said the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in a statement on Tuesday.

The patient is in a stable condition at a treatment center, the ministry added. A total of 12 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Ethiopia so far but two Japanese patients left for their country on Monday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed proposed to the G20 leaders if they can consider writing off all interest payments and part of the debt of low-income countries during the upcoming Extraordinary their Summit, scheduled to take place on Thursday.

The G20 leaders are expected to discuss ways to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the global economy.

Abiy stressed that “COVID-19 poses an existential threat to African economies which he described as “fragile and vulnerable” even in the good times. Otherwise, he said African countries will face serious shocks if they fail to meet their urgent needs of balance of payment.

“A dramatic decline in exports, disruption of global chains, and the sudden drying up of travel and tourism are sure to wreak havoc to Africa’s economies,” he said.

These challenges, according to the Prime Minister, cannot be adequately addressed by policies and measures to be taken individually or by any group of countries. They require a globally coordinated response, the premier said.

Ethiopia has proposed an emergency financing of $150 billion from the World Bank to African countries to safeguard the “commendable progress” registered in the continent against COVID-19.

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