More cases of the novel coronavirus are being reported in Ethiopia including on two Japanese citizens and one Ethiopian, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health has disclosed. The ministry said the newly infected people had contacts with the first Japanese citizen named Kunieda Nobuhiru by the government who was confirmed positive for COVID-19 last Friday in Addis Ababa. The ministry also said it has quarantined another 117 people who were believed to have contacts with the first victim. Coronavirus cases in Ethiopia are still very low compared to other countries in the world.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Health wants to keep that low by having the public take appropriate measures, including washing hands frequently and avoiding contact with a large group of people. Similarly, a US citizen who was tested positive for the COVID-19 in his country after staying for about a week in Ethiopia had contacts and discussions with Ethiopian army generals. It is not clear the army generals are among 117 people who were quarantined by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute. More than 5,700 people globally have died from COVID-19 as the illness is officially known, while more than 156,000 infections have been confirmed in dozens of countries, according to the World Health Organization.