Ethiopia’s parliament has approved a supplementary budget worth $1.43 billion for the financial year ending July as a result of economic disruptions triggered by the coronavirus outbreak.
Authorities also put in place several measures to curb the spread of the virus including banning public gatherings, closing schools.
“The economy is being highly impacted due to corona and the government have to assist,” Finance Minister Ahmed Shide told lawmakers.
He added that the supplementary budget wiould be funded with a mix of external and domestic loans.
The country has recorded 831 cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths.