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  • Italian duo blocked at Moi airport over coronavirus symptoms






    Two Italians denied entry into Kenya at Mombasa's Moi International Airport after flying in from Addis Ababa aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight.
    Reports indicate that the two Italians arrived on tourist visas.
    Marbeillo Fransisco and Marbiello Maurice were singled out because they allegedly had symptoms associated with Covid-19.
    As the two were preparing to disembark, officials from a multi-agency team ordered them to stay in the plane.
    The other 42 passengers on the same plane were allowed in but asked to self-quarantine for two weeks.
    Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said, "Yes the two were denied entry after it emerged that they came from Italy. They were later deported to Addis Ababa."
    Kitiyo said details of the 42 passengers were taken and that medical and security officers are monitoring them. He did not, however, reveal their nationalities.
    "The other passengers did not show any symptoms of the virus but we had to advise them to self-quarantine."
    On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled a series of strict measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. 
    One of the measures was a ban on foreigners from countries that have confirmed coronavirus cases.
    Italy is one of the European countries that has recorded a high number of those infected.
    It remains the second country with the highest infections after China, where the disease was first reported.
    By Monday, according to figures from the World Health Organisation, Italy had 24,747 cases of the virus and 2,158 deaths. The number of deaths in a week has shot up by 368 in Italy.
    Last week, chartered planes from Milan suspended flights to Kenya.
    Coast Regional Police Commander Rashid Yakub said all entry points to the country at the Coast have been secured to keep the virus at bay.
    He said medical and security officials have been dispatched to all airports, Lunga Lunga one stop post, Taita Taveta, ports and the Manda Airstrip.
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  • Ethiopian House of Peoples Representatives cancels scheduled session due to COVID 19

    March 16, 2020 



    Ethiopian House of People’s Representative cancels a regular session scheduled for March 17, 2020.  The House did so as the number of people infected with Coronavirus climbs to 5. 

    It is unknown how long the House will remain closed, but the House disclosed on its social media page that it would announce when it is opening. 

    The House was supposed to meet on Tuesday to discuss and approve minutes of the meeting from the 14th regular session, to hear performance reports of the Ministry of Transport and adopt the Ethiopian Press Agency Human Resource Management regulation, among other things.   

    Ethiopia declared on Monday the closure of schools in the country for the next two weeks, and all major sporting events, including the Premier League,  and large meetings are canceled. 

    On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Ministry of Health confirmed that five people have tested positive, and follow up treatment in the isolation center. Three of them are foreigners who entered the country recently, and two are Ethiopians. 

    One hundred seventeen people who are said to have been in contact with those whose test results showed positive are identified and quarantined, according to the Ministry of Health. 

    The first coronavirus case in Ethiopia was confirmed last Friday. The person is a 48 years old Japanese national who entered Ethiopia from Burkina Faso. Oromo regional state education bureau head, Tola,  imposed self-isolation on himself, saying that he met the Japanese man who tested positive days after he entered the country, according to a report by BBA Amharic Service. 

    In a related development, the National Election Board of Ethiopia announced on Monday that its staff members would be working from home starting on Monday. The Board passed the decision after a foreign national, who has been providing technical support to the Board and whose identity is undisclosed, showed COVID 19 like symptoms. 

    The Board announced that the person entered the country about a month ago, and he is currently taking tests to determine if he has the virus.





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  • Ethiopia:-Africa Cup of Nations 2019: fixtures, dates, groups and teams









    The 32nd edition of the Confederation of African Football Cup of Nations 2019 kicks-off this Friday (June 21st ) with host nation Egypt facing Zimbabwe in Cairo. The tournament will be staged in the cities of Suez, Ismalia, Alexandria and three grounds in the capital Cairo with the final taking place on July 14 at the 75,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium.

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  • Ethiopia Water and Energy Week Opened by President

    President Sahle-Work Zewde opened the first ever Water and Energy Week in Ethiopia this morning.  In her opening remark, the President emphasized the need to have Cultural

    Revolution to deter problems related to hygiene and sanitation both in rural and urban areas. 
    To this effect, the president underlined the government’s efforts to increase the access to water and energy to foster the socio-economic development of the country.

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