Addis Ababa July 29/2020(ENA) Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen held dialogue at present with UK Below Secretary of State for Africa James Duddridge about methods of consolidating bilateral ties and different problems with widespread concern.

James Duddridge, who has been in Addis Ababa for a three-day official go to, met with the deputy PM and mentioned additionally COVID-19, it was realized.

In the course of the dialogue, Demeke expressed solidarity with the UK within the battle in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic and conveyed condolences on the lack of life in UK.

Briefing the COVID-19 scenario in Ethiopia, the Deputy Prime Minister mentioned over 14,500 instances and about 228 deaths are registered because the first case of the virus was confirmed 13th February 2020.

Rely that because the starting of the disaster, Ethiopia has taken proactive interventions together with allocation of an emergency funds, necessary quarantining, closure of faculties, limiting the variety of the federal workforce and postponement public gatherings, he defined.    

He additional acknowledged because the variety of instances continued to lift, the federal government determined to decree a State of Emergency that can final for 5 months to attenuate the influence of the pandemic.

Because the  authorities has been taking measures to mitigate the adversarial financial influence of COVID-19, Demeke requested help from the UK specifically to assist it improve testing capability.

Talking about bilateral relationship, the deputy premier appreciated the continued growth help provided by the Authorities of UK to Ethiopia.

He additionally knowledgeable the minister in regards to the willingness of the brand new management to strengthen cooperation with UK in areas of widespread curiosity.

Below Secretary of State James Duddridge expressed on his half about his issues on the unfold of COVID-19 pandemic in Ethiopia and Africa.

The UK is one in every of Ethiopia’s most reliable companions in its battle in opposition to poverty; and the nation offers 300 million kilos help to Ethiopia every year.

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