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.