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

- 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 their 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. On Thursday, Ethiopian health minister Lia Tadesse took to social media.

"Now it is as if Covid is no longer there, the public is not taking care," she 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 according to the government. (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 their Facebook page on Wednesday.

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.

In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported a video of a man dancing while giving directions going viral. Tumi Sole decided to start everyone's day off with a wonderful video. Tumi uploaded a video of a man dancing while giving directions. At the beginning of the video, his arm is outstretched towards his right. He then points to his left and makes a smooth turn to face the person recording the wholesome video, all while dancing. The unknown man leans over and starts moving his right shoulder in unison with his legs.

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Tumi uploaded the video to Twitter in the early hours of this morning and it has already gained over 14 000 views on the social networking site. Saffa tweeps took to the replies section to talk about the man's moves.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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