ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia 

Ethiopian fire brigades on Sunday cleaned and disinfected public spaces in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The efforts were organized by municipal officials, deploying some 90 fire brigade cars.

Eyes Solomon, an official with the city administration, told the public Ethiopian News Agency: “We are trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus and also raise public awareness on the pandemic.”

Health officials in Ethiopia have confirmed 16 COVID-19 cases, but have expressed concern at public non-compliance with social distancing measures.

Mohammed Amanu, a trader in Merkato, the biggest market

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