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Coronavirus: Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin

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Over 1 million samples tested, close to 59,000 confirmed cases and more than 900 deaths in six months

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 7, 2020/APO Group/ —HIGHLIGHTS

• Of 1,044,005 samples tested as of 06 September, 58,672 were confirmed positive making Ethiopia the country with the highest caseload in East Africa, and the fourth highest in Africa next to South Africa, Egypt and Morocco.

• 25 highest-risk IDP sites further prioritized for decongestion and scaledup multi-sector response as part of COVID-19 prevention and control effort amongst IDPs.

FUNDING REQUIREMENTS

IDPs are amongst the most vulnerable people for COVID-19 due to their congested living space, compromised health conditions, and inadequate access to basic services

US$1.44 billion Total COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 revised requirements

US$1.06 billion Non-COVID-19 requirements

US$374.2 million COVID-19 requirements

COVID-19 – Ethiopia updates

Over 1 million samples tested, close to 59,000 confirmed cases and more than 900 deaths in six months

It has now been six months since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Ethiopia. Of 1,044,005 samples tested, 58,672 were confirmed positive making Ethiopia the country with the highest caseload in East Africa, and the fourth highest in Africa next to South Africa, Egypt and Morocco. The country also registered 21,307 recoveries (35.85 per cent recovery rate) and 918 deaths (1.56 per cent fatality rate). All regions have reported cases, with the majority (58 per cent) in Addis Ababa.

25 highest-risk sites prioritized for decongestion and scaled-up multi-sector response as part of COVID-19 prevention and control efforts

Internally displaced people (IDPs) are amongst the most vulnerable people for COVID-19 due to their congested living space, compromised health conditions, and inadequate access to basic services. Considering that physical distancing and hand hygiene are amongst the most effective measures to curb the spread of corona virus, site decongestion should be scaled up in IDP sites, along with expansion of WaSH facilities, risk awareness communication and active surveillance.

Recognizing this priority, the IDP COVID-19 response plan had identified 56 sites across the country where some 398,830 IDPs are living in overcrowded sites or site-like settings. Of these, 25 highest-risk sites were further prioritized for decongestion and scaled-up multisector response. At present, WaSH expansions are ongoing in six sites, while additional interventions are planned in six sites. The Emergency Shelter/NFI Cluster has ongoing activities in 11 sites. Additional funding is urgently required to address all needs, as well as additional land for site decongestion in selected areas where existing current site size does not allow this to materialize.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

5 Comments

  1. Good job our daughter/sister H.E. Lia bint Tadesse and her very capable team!!! She has been fighting the pandemic tooth and nail and so far, in my book, she is the winner. How so, you may ask? It has been 7 months since the commies in Beijing let the deadly virus travel out of Wuhan in every direction and the old country must have been the first destination. The total tally of cases is still way down in the 59 thousand range, less than a thousand dead from the pandemic and around 5% positivity rate(tell that to Brazil where this rate was 50-60% for weeks). That is after 7 months and in country of more than 120 million people, rudimentary healthcare system and porous boundary on all four corners. I expect the total confirmed cases to be close to 180 thousand by the beginning of 2021 given the current 7-day average remain the same or in the ballpark of 1,000. That will be 12 months after the goons in Beijing aerosol-ed the virus over the entire world, 187 nations of them. Brilliant, just tremendously brilliant!!!

    Bravo Lia! Bravo! Bravo!!!!

  2. I am not sure if it is just a fluke or it is because the long holiday break, the numbers here in the USA are really going down by a lot. The two counts, daily new cases and deaths, have been on the downward trend for three days in a row. Today’s new cases count has come down in the 25 thousand range since mid June and deaths at the 285 range for the first time since July 6. I hope knuckleheads will not do something stupid during this Labor Day weekend to mess it up. I hope this will be a trend and will end up to be 1919-20 déjà vu or 2004 with SARS. The other encouraging trend is the recovery rate which has been continuously going up from the low 30’s in early June and today is closing on 60%. The numbers that will be coming during the next two weeks will be something to watch. Stay tuned. This Shall Pass!!! Insha’Allah!!!

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  3. From what I hear from my relatives, there still are people who don’t believe COVID-19 is for real. The Health Ministry must continuously tell the public the incidents that have happened all over the country and the width and depth of its calamities, supported by numbers. Only that way people will understand the seriousness of the virus spread and its consequences.
    They must also advocate the most practical methods of protection from the virus. In a crowded situation physical distancing is impossible. In water scarce situations hand washing is a luxury. That leaves the public with wearing mask and NOT TOUCHING EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH. These prescriptions are the only means of defence for our people.

  4. Displaced Legetafo , Addis Ababa and surrounding areas Non Oromos mostly Amaras are at the highest risk of all the IDPs which this study somehow failed to recognize their dire conditions which made the country’s majority of Coronavirus cases, almost two third of all covid-19 cases in Ethiopia to be found in Addis Ababa. With the narcissist Abiy Ahmed’s blessings Takele Uma congested Addis Ababa by handing out Addis Ababa ID cards and condos illegally.

    Takele Uma needs to be held responsible for the loss of lives of the displaced Addis Ababa non Oromosl!!

    Free Eskinder Nega and other innocent political prisoners!!

  5. Ethiopians need to work on procuring vaccinations. Health workers need to start negotiating and see how vaccinations will be made available to those at high risk i.e. the Internally Displaced People. It is clear it will be sometime before Ethiopia gets enough vaccines to go around for every Ethiopian so now is as good time as any to decide who gets the vaccinations first and who will wait longer to get the vaccines.

    The rich with mansions living with little to no exposure to covid-19 virus should not get the priority instead the poor Intetnally Displaced People should get the first priority to be given vaccinations when ( not if ) vaccinations become available. Decongesting the IDPs is good but that shouldn’t deprive IDPs from getting preference vaccination status.

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