The Addis Ababa City government on Saturday launched food rationing for about 1000 vulnerable city dwellers who were ordered to stay home due to coronavirus pandemic.The food rationing came after two localities in the capital Addis Ababa were hit severely by COVID-19 and more than 300 cases of the virus were confirmed in the two areas. Addis Ababa remains to be the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in Ethiopia hosting over 70 percent of the total 1063 reported cases since mid March 2020. Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa, Engineer Takelle Umma has launched the food distribution program supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Ethiopia. The food rationing that will last for three months is initiated in line with smoothening impacts of the coronavirus in a certain place at Lideta Sub City where movements of people is restricted and districts of Addis Ketema Sub City, the office of the mayor stated. According to the government’s estimates, additional 15 million Ethiopians will require emergency food assistance due to the spreading coronavirus.
May 30, 2020 15:33 UTC
Ethiopia has reported no case of coronavirus in its 28 refugee camps which shelter over 700,000 migrants.UNHCR in a statement on Saturday said there are no confirmed coronavirus infections in the camps and other locations sheltering refugees and asylum seekers. The Ethiopian Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs, UNHCR and partners continue to intensify efforts to prevent and limit the virus from spreading to the Refugee Camps hosting most of the over 761,000 refugees in the country. Ethiopia has seen a spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 case with 95 new infections reported-bringing the cumulative total to 1063 cases. So far, Ethiopia has tested a total of over 105,581 individuals for the coronavirus. Community sensitization about the disease continues in the camps as well as in the urban locations where refugees and asylum seekers are hosted.
May 30, 2020 15:22 UTC
Confirmed infections have risen to 182,143, with 5,164 fatalities, including 193 in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Sunday. The new cases are largely concentrated in six Indian states, including the capital New Delhi. Public health experts have criticized the Modi government’s handling of the outbreak. The health experts said that the infections were rising exponentially despite the “draconian lockdown,” which began March 25. The restrictions in so-called containment zones — areas that have been isolated due to the outbreaks — will remain through June 30.
May 30, 2020 14:48 UTC
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan summoned the Ethiopian Chargé d'Affaires on Saturday over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian militias that killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel and civilians, it said in a statement. Thursday's attack targeted a camp in the eastern city of al-Qadarif, the official SUNA news agency said. A Sudanese military spokesman blamed militias "supported by Ethiopia" for the attack, according to SUNA. Sudan's foreign ministry statement said the attack killed and wounded "a number of officers and personnel of the armed forces and Sudanese citizens, including children". The attack happened while Khartoum was preparing for a meeting of a high-level joint committee on border issues, the statement said.
May 30, 2020 14:48 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-30 21:31:30|Editor: huaxiaVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 1,063 after 95 new cases were confirmed on Saturday, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said on Saturday. The ministry said that from the total of 95 new COVID-19 cases, some 30 are said to have travel history from abroad, 4 having contact with known confirmed cases, while the remaining 61 are said to have no travel history from abroad as well as without prior contact with known confirmed cases. The Ethiopian Ministry of Health has previously reported eight deaths due to illnesses related to the COVID-19, in which the latest COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old man who succumbed to the disease on Friday, according to the ministry. Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous nation with about 107 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13. The Ethiopian government has instituted a wide range of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
May 30, 2020 13:30 UTC
The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Ethiopia has increased to 1063 after 95 new patients infected by the global pandemic are found in the last 24 hours. The 95 new cases are found after the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia conducted laboratory tests for 5,034 people. So far 106,615 people have received laboratory test for coronavirus in Ethiopia. On Friday, Ethiopia reported 137, the largest daily coronavirus cases so far. Including one person reported yesterday, so far eight people have died in Ethiopia from the virus.
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May 30, 2020 13:07 UTC
Among the confirmed cases, 71 of them are male and 24 are female and their age ranges from 15 to 80 years. Ninety-four people confirmed for COVID-19 are Ethiopians and one is an Indian citizen. The laboratory samples were collected from the high-risk community members, returnees/passengers at mandatory quarantine centers, contacts of the confirmed cases, health facility visitors and suspects at isolation centers. Considering the increase in transmission of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like the public to strictly adhere to all precaution measures. We need to be reminded that every single action we take determines the risk of contracting the virus.
May 30, 2020 11:48 UTC
Ethiopia is repatriating hundreds of its citizens working abroad, many of who are stranded because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of migrant workers are among the most vulnerable groups as an unprecedented economic and financial crisis in Lebanon along with a global pandemic is forcing these migrants back home. There are over 250,000 registered migrant workers in Lebanon, a tiny Mediterranean country of over five million people. Lebanon’s unprecedented foreign currency crunch means employers can no longer pay in dollars. A 2016 International Labour Organization study found that out of 1,200 employers surveyed, more than 94% of them withheld their workers passport.
May 30, 2020 09:56 UTC
The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 5,015; of these one-hundredthirty-seven (137) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Nine-Hundred-Sixty-Eight (968). Among the confirmed cases, 86 of them are male and 51 are female and their age ranges from 4 to 75 years. Ministry of Health and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like to pass its condolences to the families. Furthermore, six (6) people from Addis Ababa recovered from the disease that makes the total number of recoveries one-hundred-ninety-seven (197). The laboratory samples were collected from the high-risk community members, returnees/passengers at mandatory quarantine centers, contacts of the confirmed cases, health facility visitors and suspects at isolation centers.
May 30, 2020 09:11 UTC
To mitigate the economic and social impacts of COVID-19, Ethiopian Parliament on Friday approves an addition budget of 48.6 billion birr (about $1.43). He stated that in addition to the new 15 million Ethiopians expected to be exposed to food insecurity already another 15 million are getting food aid in Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s total budget for the fiscal year started July 8, 2019 was 386.9 billion birr ($13.48 billion at the exchange rate of one year ago – June 2019). Inside sources say that this year the country is planning to increase its budget close to half a trillion birr. In addition, special sector specific package is also provided for investors engaged in the horticulture, hotel and tourism, among others.
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May 30, 2020 05:30 UTC
Sun Foods in St. Paul has been damaged during the protests against George Floyd on Thursday. But a number said they understood the protesters’ rage, and several also spoke out for justice for George Floyd. “I don’t even have enough cash to bring this business back again,” said Hamid, who is originally from Ethiopia. “I do not know what I have to do right now.” But he added that he, too, wants to see justice for Floyd. He came to the office Friday morning for an ordinary day of work, but found the doors to both the main building and his business smashed.
May 30, 2020 03:22 UTC
Ethiopia’s COVID-19 confirmed case count reached nearly 1000 as a sustained increase in testing capacity continues.“It really is a function of doing more testing,” Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed said in a ministerial meeting on FridayEthiopia’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now reached 968, with 197 recoveries and 8 deaths out of over 100,000 test counts. Ahmed gave directives to strengthen testing capacities nationally and the need to ensure productivity in key sectors is maintained while responding to the pandemic. The country’s testing capacity against COVID-19 has increased to more than 5000 per day from less 1000 in March. She said majority of the people who are crossing into the country are Ethiopian nationals who were working in Sudan as migrants. The returnees were either evicted or fled the coronavirus infection which is spreading fast in Sudan than in Ethiopia.
May 29, 2020 20:10 UTC
An Ethiopian soldier gunned down a 32-year-old businessman during a security crackdown last year because his phone went off during a public meeting, Amnesty International revealed Friday. “Ariti Shununde responded saying that the phone belonged to him.”ETHIOPIA PRIME MINISTER WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE“The EDF soldier ordered him to come to the front and he obeyed. Then the soldier told Ariti to turn around,” it continued. “As soon as Ariti’s back turned towards the soldiers, the soldier shot him in his back with two bullets. Amnesty says the killing was never investigated and the soldier behind it, to this day, is still roaming free.
May 29, 2020 18:22 UTC
In severe financial straits, the oil refinery was forced to shut down operations in August 2015. Morocco’s embattled oil refinery SAMIR could reemerge stronger than ever with a new lease in the hands of the Moroccan government and rock-bottom global oil prices. However, bearing in mind the less than portentous history of the SAMIR refinery, it could well be one gamble not worth the taking. The SAMIR saga dates back to 1959, when Morocco opened its first and only oil refinery in Mohammedia. The SAMIR refinery, though non-operational, has caught the eye of some interesting suitors, stirring interest in possible nationalization.
May 29, 2020 17:37 UTC
The GERD’s reservoir is designed to hold a maximum of 74 billion cubic meters of water when filling operation is completed. Ethiopia is set to begin filling the reservoir next July, a move strongly opposed by Egypt which claimed the horn African nation should not begin filling the dam before tripartite agreement is reached between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Recently, Egypt expressed interest to resume negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan over the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).Egypt’s shift in stance came following virtual talks held last week between Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdala Hamdok in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian and Sudanese Prime Ministers in their separate discussion agreed to amicable solutions related to GERD to resolve outstanding and misunderstood issues between the two parties. According to office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, the Sudanese concern over the dam involves environmental, dam safety and data exchange issues.
May 29, 2020 17:11 UTC