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.