Adama City Freezes Transportation Services over COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Adama-city-EthiopiaMarch 30, 2020 ( -- The Oromia Region Communication Bureau announced a total suspension of transportation services in Adama city after three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region’s capital.

Gizachew Gebissa, Deputy Head of the Bureau said human movements also were restricted in the city in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.

The Ministry of Health on Sunday in a statement said five more people have tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 21.

According to the statement, all the five confirmed cases are Ethiopians nationals.

The first case is a 28-year-old woman with a travel history to Brussels, Belgium and Cameroon on March 17th and 19th, respectively, the statement noted.

The other two cases are a 14-year-old-boy and a 48-year-old woman in the same family in the city of Adama, the Oromia regional state.

The 18 and 19 patients had a history of close contact with the previously confirmed cases in the city and the last two 38 and 35 years old male and female victims had traveled to Dubai

Except cross country transportation services, drivers of Taxi, Bajaj and others ceased operations, the deputy head said.

Those victims in Adama reportedly have had contacts since they did not know if they contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, an outpatient of the Saint Petros Hospital reportedly confirmed COVID-19 positive, the Ethiopian Doctors Association said.

According to the association’s statement, 22 doctors and nurses who had close contacts with the COVID-19 patient also have been quarantined.

The health professionals reportedly did not wear anti-COVID-19 protective equipment during helping the female patient.

Neither the Ministry of Health nor the Ethiopian Public Health Institute issued a statement about the new case at saint Petros Hospital.

The association called on the government to provide the necessary protective materials to health professionals. Failing to do so will risk the lives of the health professionals. “They will die of the virus before they help others," the association warned.   

The case in the Saint Petros Hospital created panic among Addis Ababa residents who learned about the case via social media since the health professionals could have multiple contacts with people outside the hospital.

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