Coronavirus combat

Eritrean diaspora donating to coronavirus combat, case tally at 34

Eritrea coronavirus statistics as of April 14 stood at 34, no death and no recoveries have so far been announced meaning all 34 patients were under treatment.

The last time an increase was recorded being April 10. The country continues to celebrate the financial commitment and contributions of its diaspora in supporting government efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information Minister and main source of COVID-19 developments, Yemane Meskel, on April 9 posted the efforts of the diaspora on Twitter.

He wrote: “#Eritrea: Financial contributions to bolster GOE measures on COVID-19 continue to flow from individuals, firms/ commercial enterprises in the country & our communities in the Diaspora…Eloquent and veritable testimony that the nation is marching in lock-step in these hard times!”

As of today, an independent online outlet which is pro-government reported that the latest round of contributions by Eritreans in western United States reached $453,000.

Various sources quoted a total donation since March 26 as nearing $4 million. The Horn of Africa country is currently in a lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the virus.

Eritrea is among the countries with a low COVID-19 tally in the region as compared to Ethiopia’s 82, Kenya’s 208, Djibouti’s 298 and Somalia’s 60 – all stats valid as of April 14 midday EAT.