Tigray Region Ease Some Restrictions Over COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19-TigrayApril 25, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- 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 houses, juice, and barbershops, as well as liquor whole-selling businesses, have resumed services as of Friday, April 24, 2020. The decision to ease the restrictions was to stimulate economic activities in the region” Deberetsion said.

“This does not mean that the region is invulnerable for the virus. The nonexistence of confirmed cases of the virus today is not an assurance for tomorrow, Deberetsion added.

The Tigray government had banned movements to and from urban centers or countryside; closed market centers and suspended large gatherings, whether it is a sporting, religious, or cultural event to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the region two weeks ago.

Recreational places, including bars, night clubs, khat places were not allowed to operate as of March 26, 2020, for the same purpose.

“The government had made a 14-day lock-down, house to house check-ups and quarantined people coming to the region and the result of all has proved that no case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the region,” the acting president said.

According to the new directives, except those employees who have underlying health problems, all civil servants shall get back to their jobs as of Friday, and government offices will be opened.

“Public meetings, social gatherings including weddings, large market areas, night clubs, sporting activities, and recreational places will remain closed until further notice, the acting president said.

The deputy president said the regional government has begun testing deceased people as well to identify if they died of COVID-19, an action that was not done in any part of the country.

According to the acting president, the regional state has established a better structure and reached the point where it can contain the virus easily in case it happens in the future.

The remaining restrictions will be lifted in the process but government offices should take all the precaution measures to prevent the spread of the virus, he recalled  

The federal government has not yet ordered civil servants to get back to their jobs and it is not clear if the decision by Tigray state works for employees of federal institutions including for telecommunication and commercial banks within Tigray regional state.

Ethiopia has reported 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases that have caused three deaths. 25 of them have recovered.

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