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Ethiopia forgives more than 4,000 prisoners to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Ethiopia forgives more than 4,000 prisoners to prevent the spread of coronavirus
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Sahle-Work Zewde announced the order in a tweet on Wednesday and said it would help prevent overpricing in prisons.

The directive only covers those who have received a maximum sentence of three years for minor crimes and those who would be released from prison, she said.

There are 12 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ethiopia, according to the World Health Organization on Wednesday.

The authorities of the nation have introduced a number of measures including the closure of all boundaries except those that bring in important goods to contain the virus. The Government has directed the Security Ombud to monitor and enforce a ban on large gatherings and overcrowded public transport to ensure social distance.

Ethiopia started a national resource mobilization committee to raise funds and non-financial resources to prepare for a “worst case”, according to a statement shared by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Twitter.

“It’s time to redirect our energy from panic, fear and worry to purposeful contribution by pooling the resources we have for a national emergency stock,” the statement read.
Abiy also oversees the distribution of millions of corona virus diagnostic and prevention kits donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to 54 African countries.
There are now more than 1,800 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in 39 countries on the continent, according to WHO figures.

Source–> https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/africa/ethiopia-pardons-4000-prisoners-over-coronavirus/index.html

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