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This country will jail people for up to 2 years if they don’t wear face mask


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People in Ethiopia who refuse to follow restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 will be jailed for up to two years. 

The country’s attorney general said in a Tweet that restrictions prohibit the public from shaking hands, not wearing a mask in public areas, seating more than three people at a table, or not keeping around six feet apart. 

“Now it is as if Covid is no longer there, the public is not taking care. This will cause a possible increase in the spread of the disease and might be a threat to the nation,” Health Minister Lia Tadesse said. 

The second-most populous nation has declared a state of emergency in April in an effort to further prevent the spread of the virus. It was lifted in September. 

As of this writing, the country has logged 91,118 Covid-19 cases, 1,384 deaths, and 44,506 recoveries. 

Photo by Overseas Development Institute

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