COVID-19: 2 years imprisonment applicable for not wearing face mask in Ethiopia

COVID-19: 2 years imprisonment applicable for not wearing face mask in Ethiopia

- The Ethiopian government has passed a law that allows for the imprisonment of up to two years for refusing to wear a face mask in public

- The country lifted its state of emergency in September and this caused citizens to not follow health protocols properly anymore

- The country has recorded over 90,000 COVID-19 cases, 1,384 deaths, and 44,506 recoveries

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The Ethiopian government has passed a law that sees transgressors facing two years of jail time for refusing to wear a face mask.

The restrictions that were put in place in the country include not shaking hands, wearing a mask in public and social distancing.

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Ethiopian health minister Lia Tadesse tweeted:

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Jail time of two years applicable for not wearing a mask in Ethiopia
Jail time of two years applicable for not wearing a mask in Ethiopia. (Photo by Giles Clarke/Getty Images)
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Tadesse said that this would inevitably cause a further spread of the coronavirus which will be a threat to their nation. Ethiopia went into a state of emergency in April to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and it was only lifted in September.

The country has recorded 91,118 COVID-19 cases, 1 384 deaths, and 44,506 recoveries. The new law allows for fines and imprisonment of up to two years for anyone who breaks the rules. The attorney general's office said this in a statement on Facebook.

African leaders have been encouraging extra vigilance and being safe, with the concern that a rise in cases would be difficult to manage due to public health systems.

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