Eritrea banned crowd of more than 10 people at social events

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Eritrea banned crowd of more than 10 people at social events (funerals, weddings, mourning, baptism and other gatherings)

As announced through local media guidelines, an Eritrean national resident in Norway who flew to Asmara last Saturday, March 21st, was confirmed positive for COVID-19. The patient is receiving all necessary treatment while passengers who travelled on the same Airline were subsequently quarantined.

The Ministry of Health urges, again, all citizens and foreigners residing in the country to take utmost precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic and to strictly implement Government guidelines for the safety of their own lives and the country.

In this spirit, the MoH issues the following additional guidelines:

1. Every person should avoid non-essential movement within the city or village of residence as well as travel to other places inside the country. Every person should likewise avoid travel by bus, mini-bus and taxis unless in emergencies.

2. All public gatherings, sport and cultural events that assemble a crowd of more than 10 people are prohibited. Cinemas and night-clubs will remain closed until further notice. Social distancing must be heeded to in other commercial units and centers.

3. Aggregation of more than 10 people at social events (funerals, weddings, mourning, baptism and other gatherings) is banned.

4. Every citizen must observe, and same instruction is being given by religious leaders to the faithful, prayers and associated religious sermons in their homes.

5. All Eritrean nationals living abroad are urged to take all necessary precautionary measures for their own safety, the safety of their families as well as the Eritrean communities. They should also refrain from travelling to Eritrea.

6. Stringent legal measures will be taken on all individuals and commercial enterprises that engage in hoarding and speculative price hikes by misconstruing the precautionary measures that are being taken to safeguard the safety of the Eritrean people and the country.

7. The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and issue additional information and guidelines as necessary.

Ministry of Health
23 March 2020

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5 Responses to Eritrea banned crowd of more than 10 people at social events

  1. That is the right thing to do. Not more than 10 people at a gathering will be much easier for our Eritrean brothers and sisters to adapt. Good luck and stay safe neighbors.


    Ittu Aba Farda
    March 23, 2020 at 7:23 pm

  2. This is precisely and timely required statement from the Eritrean government to contain the spreading of covid-19 virus in the country. This is an important step to stop the virus from devastating the country’s economy and well-being of its people. When we compare this measure with its neighbours such as Ethiopia the Eritrean government’s guidelines is precisely what is needed to contain the virus from spreading throughout Africa. The ruling party in Ethiopia which is led by prime minister Abiy Ahmed on the one hand preaching people to distance themselves from one another and closing the country’s land borders with its neighbours. On the other hand, the ruling party allow hundreds and sometimes thousands of its members in participating in election propaganda and conferences throughout the country. This is unacceptable behaviour from the leaders in which they talk one thing but acting against the interest of the country and its people. Regarding closing the borders prime minister Abiy Ahmed talking about shutting the land borders but still allow the main spreader of the COVID-19 virus which is through air flights from countries such as Italy and China. I don’t understand the logic behind allowing these flights to go on but it seems to me our leaders are focusing on the short term financial gains while negatively affecting the brand of Ethiopian airlines in the long term. In turn, this will have significant negative implications on the country’s economy and well-being. The impact would be huge in a country vulnerable economically and politically from internal and outside factors.

    March 23, 2020 at 9:34 pm

  3. For a country with only a few millions of people , this virus could be catastrophic so it is appropriate to limit the number of people gathering to 10 people.

    On the other hand since Ethiopia got 140 Million residents it is to limit the number of people gathering to 50 people.

    Belay Teklu
    March 24, 2020 at 1:09 am

  4. Subject: “Eritrea banned crowd of more than 10 people at social events”

    This is ten times Generous !!! How about the State which permits only ONE person at social events at any time of the day and night too!?!? Yep, ‘night’ too!!! SMILE.

    March 24, 2020 at 10:08 am

  5. the governement of eritrea is banned for more than 10 poeple is good to contain from CORONA virus is the first step todevend for the virus but this is not enough the GOV.must all prisioners must realize second to stop also the croweded SAWA camp this is the solotion for the eritrean popolition.

    March 25, 2020 at 3:05 am

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