Ethiopia is set to close its entire residential areas in response, it said, as its government tries to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
In a statement on Saturday, the Ethiopian Health Ministry said it had suspended all public services, including the construction of new schools, hospitals and kindergartens, as well as all activities that are needed for health and safety purposes.
It also announced it was closing the country’s remaining hospitals.
The ministry did not say how many of the hospitals it had closed would be reopened.
“The Ethiopian government has taken the decision to close the entire residential area in response of the Ebola outbreak in the country,” said Minister of Health Mamdouh Mwendere.
“We will close the rest of the residential area.”
Ethiopia’s Ebola response Ethiopia has recorded nearly 6,500 confirmed and probable cases, making it the largest country in West Africa.
It has a population of more than 100 million people and has the world’s highest number of confirmed cases, with at least 9,500 cases and 10,000 deaths.
The country has been battling the deadly outbreak since January.