Ethiopia: COVID-19 Humanitarian impact - Situation Update No. 03, As of 23 April 2020


This report is prepared under the auspices of the National Emergency Coordination Center for COVID-19 response, led by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), supported by OCHA Ethiopia with participation of Cluster Coordinators. It covers the period from 14 - 23 April 2020.


• As of 23 April 2020, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases In Ethiopia reached 116, including three deaths.

• On 11 April, the Ministerial committee released further details of the State of Emergency (SoE) declaration of on 8 April, which is expected to last for five months.

• The number of COVID-19 testing centres is increasing with the latest one opened in Hawassa in SNNPR. On 16 April, a team consisting of 12 experts from West China Hospital of Sichuan arrived in Addis Ababa to support Ethiopia and other African countries. Further, house to house COVID-19 surveillance started in Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, and Tigray.

• On 17 April, the Federal Ministry of Transport announced the resumption of inter-regional public transports services across the country. The announcement lifted previous restrictions on public transportation imposed by regional states and Dire Dawa City Administration.

• Insecurity in Western and Southern Oromia continues to impede humanitarian access, with emergency programmes temporarily suspended in these areas, impacting as well the response to COVID-19.

• Since the end of March, over 6,000 Ethiopian irregular migrants have been deported to Ethiopia from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Djibouti and Kenya. A daily average of 250 deportees are expected from KSA in the coming weeks. Deportees are being quarantined in a number of centres, with reported shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), food, non-food items, water and adequate sanitation facilities.

• Humanitarian operations have been scaled down in Ethiopia as a result of COVID-19. According to UNICEF, the COVID-19 response is delaying some essential health services such as measles and polio immunization campaigns.

• International borders remain closed for population movements but open to critical supplies, including humanitarian goods. Internationally arriving passengers at Bole International Airport are being quarantined for 14 days at government-identified hotels. As of 20 April, a total of 3,216 people (374 international travelers and 2,842 returnees) remain under mandatory quarantine.

• UNHCR, in collaboration with WFP and ARRA (Government Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs) has stockedpiled adequate food and water and sanitation facilities in refugee camps, and conducted extensive community mobilization in refugee camps.

• UNODC, in collaboration with OHCHR, UNICEF and ICRC have translated and distributed over 30,000 COVID-19 related guidelines to prisons, health authorities and children’s remand centres.

• On 14 April, the Government of Ethiopia and the World Food Program (WFP) opened the Addis Ababa Humanitarian Air Hub inside the Bole International Airport. COVID-19 supplies, equipment and humanitarian workers will be transported from the hub across 32 countries in Africa. The Addis Ababa Humanitarian Air hub is part of a United Nations initiative to scale up procurement and distribution of protective equipment and medical supplies for the COVID19 response.


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