ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia 

The Ethiopian Parliament on Friday endorsed a state of emergency due to the spread of coronavirus in the country and across Africa.

Ethiopia has so far confirmed 65 novel coronavirus cases and two deaths, while there are fears the virus may spread faster in the coming days and weeks across the country.

The country had already closed schools and declared stay-at-home measures for civil servants.

In a special meeting at the Palace — the first time the parliament changed venue — which has a hall providing much needed space for physical distancing, the parliamentarians almost voted unanimously,

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