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March 2020

COVID-19 Begins in Ethiopia (Mar 30 '20)

Just seven weeks after the USA diagnosed its first case of COVID-19, a traveler to Ethiopia tested positive for cornavirus on March 13.The government acted swiftly to:  1. Close all public gatherings (March 16)
2. Close all land borders (March 20)
3. Pardon and release 4,410 prisoners (on March 25). In addition, early on, eight of the country's nine regions imposed their own travel bans and lockdowns. Coronavirus messages have even replaced the ringing sound on phones before someone answers. Nonetheless, the virus has spread throughout much of the country (see red areas... [more]