Umm Muhammed Umar 25.03.20
Ethiopia is to release more than 4,000 prisoners as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Minor offences prisoners and women with babies are amongst those to be freed. Foreigners charged with smuggling and drug trafficking will also be set free. They will be deported to their countries of origin.
The Ethiopian government has also ordered most of its employees to work from home from Wednesday. All land borders have also been closed.
Authorities have selected eight hotels where arrivals in the country are to be quarantined for a period of 14 days. Ethiopian nationals who cannot afford this will have their expenses covered by the government. The Ethiopian Public Health Institute said more than 400 travellers have already begun their mandatory quarantine.
The country has 12 confirmed cases of Covid-19.