By Staff Reporter
March 29, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has announced the first patient who was recovered from the deadly (COVID-19), the country’s ministry of health said.
“Out of 16 confirmed cases for coronavirus, the country reported the first recovery from the deadly virus,” the Ministry said in a statement.
The Ethiopian Public Health Institute on Friday reported four more confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 16.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had expressed concern over the spread of the virus and anticipated that fast in the coming days.
Last week, two Japanese nationals, who have tested positive for the virus left for their country and now there are 13 people who are still positive.
In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, Ethiopia suspended flights to all but few destinations, closed nightclubs, shut down schools and universities, closed borders and ordered religious institutions to avoid crowded religious practices that can help the virus to virus.
The government has also decided that all passengers coming to Ethiopia will be subject to a 14-day quarantine period in designated hotels at their own personal cost.
The Addis Ababa city government said it will carry out disinfection activities on 13 main streets in the capital Addis Ababa will be sprayed with disinfectants tomorrow.
Muslims in Addis Ababa has for the first time stopped from the weekly Friday prayers.
As part of efforts to curtail the spread, 13 main roads in the capital Addis Ababa will be sprayed with disinfectants on Sunday. The disinfection covers over 40 km with a starting point from Meskel Square Bole; Sidist Kilo and so on.
Meanwhile, as part of COVID-19 containment strategy, Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) will temporarily close all its ticket offices in Ethiopia effective 30 March 2020.
The airline has made all the necessary preparations to continue delivering the services via Ethiopian Mobile App, Website, Chatbot, E-mail, Social Media and Contact Center with enhanced flexibility, choice, and value.
The multi-channel platforms enable customers to book and pay as well as request for change on booking, 24/7, said the airlines in a statement sent to FBC today.
More than 12 payment options are available for customers through Banks and mobile money platforms.
Customers can also check-in with their mobile devise using Mobile App, Chatbot and Website and use their mobile boarding pass to access all services across all touchpoints, immigration, and boarding.
Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Group CEO, said “We have been implementing the COVID-19 containment strategies in line with the globally recommended guidelines to protect the safety and well being of our customers and employees.
“We have decided to temporarily suspend our services at our domestic ticket offices to effectively implement social distancing thereby protect our customers and employees from the risk of infection. We have also waived service charges. Our services will be available in various digital options.”
Meanwhile, airports in Ethiopia will remain open to handle flights which are not canceled.
Nearly 600,000 infections have been confirmed globally and almost 28,000 deaths, according to figures collected by Johns Hopkins University.
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