The Ministry of Trade and Industry said some 7,000 businesses have been shut-down. The businesses were found to be hoarding goods, mostly hygienic and sanitary products, and inflating prices on the back of the coronavirus outbreak.
Law enforcement taskforces established in Addis Ababa and regional states have stepped up in taking legal measures against businesses, who are allegedly engaged in raising prices as well as hording consumer goods and medical product supplies, following the first reported coronavirus cases.
The Ethiopian Embassy in China has written a letter to the Ethiopian Students Union in Wuhan, informing them of the fact that they cannot be evacuated and repatriated back to Ethiopia due to lack of capacity to quarantine them once brought home.
As dozens of major airlines around the world cancel flights to China as a precaution over the outbreak of coronavirus, Ethiopian Airlines has refused to follow suit. This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus as a “global health emergency.”