• Ethiopia saw a spike in COVID-19 cases in May with the country registering 1,257 cases as of 01 June 2020.
• The influx of returning/deported migrants from neighboring countries and the Middle East continues to put pressure on Government COVID19 surveillance and management capacity, especially contact tracing at the communities, as well as at ports of entry such as airports and border crossings.
• The Government, with support from partners, is working to improve the service delivery and site management capacity of quarantine and isolation centers across the country.
COVID-19 - Ethiopia updates
A drastic spike in new cases of corona virus seen in the month of May
The number of COVID-19 cases being reported in Ethiopia has been drastically increasing since the first week of May, with over 100 new daily cases reported since 28 May. The country currently counts 1,257 cases, 70.9 per cent of the reported cases (891) being from Addis Ababa. However, the cases are also increasing in the regions, especially in Somali (89), Oromia (88) and Amhara (76). Reported cases from other regions include: Tigray (51),
Afar (32), Harari (11), Dire Dawa (10), SNNP (05) and Benishangul Gumuz (04). Of the total caseload, 217 people have recovered, while 12 people have died. More than 58.2 per cent of the confirmed cases neither have a history of travel nor a contact with a known confirmed case, implying a progressive prominence of community transmission.
Stronger preventive measures were imposed by the Government last week as a result of the heightened risk of widespread community transmission in the coming weeks. The Government is working on a worst-case scenario of 28 million people potentially being infected across the country.
Meanwhile, the influx of returning/deported migrants from neighboring countries and the Middle East continues to put pressure on Government COVID-19 surveillance and management capacity, especially at ports of entry such as airports and border crossings, as well as quarantine and on isolation centers. According to IOM, Ethiopia received more than 14,000 returnees between 1 April and 28 May (around 3,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 4,300 from Sudan, 3,600 from Djibouti, 2,200 from Somalia, 500 from Kenya and 300 from Lebanon). Porous borders/informal entry points, management of quarantine centers and lack of adequate supplies for staff and those quarantined, inadequate logistics support as well as the lack of uniform risk communication package across all quarantine centers are some of the gaps identified at the quarantine centers.
The Government, with support from partners, is working to improve the service delivery and site management capacity of quarantine and isolation centers across the country. A recent visit by OCHA to the Moyale quarantine center observed improvement in the living condition of the center, including food quality, additional health professional capacity as well as prepositioning of supplies.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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