Ethiopian, Japanese PMs Hold Phone Talks on Addressing COVID-19 Crisis (April 21, 2020)

Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has held phone discussion with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

The discussion focused on ways to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Ethiopian Prime Minister tweeted the following after the talks:

“Good phone call with PM @AbeShinzo on how we can collaborate in addressing the #COVID19 crisis, particularly the economic and food security challenges that may arise as a result. Our conversation affirmed to me that #Africa has a strong ally post #TICAD and in times of crisis.”

Ethiopia and Japan declared a nationwide state of emergency to halt the spread of the virus. Ethiopia’s emergency decree will remain in force for five months.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Japan passed 11,000, with 263 deaths related to the virus. Ethiopia has now 114 confirmed cases and three deaths.

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