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Ethiopia Prohibits Company Layoffs Under State of Emergency

Orthodox Christians pray outside the closed Medhane Alem Cathedral as the government recommends to avoid large gatherings to curb the spread of the Covid-19 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on April 5.

Orthodox Christians pray outside the closed Medhane Alem Cathedral as the government recommends to avoid large gatherings to curb the spread of the Covid-19 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on April 5.

Photographer: Michael Tewelde/AFP via Getty Images

Ethiopia prohibited companies from laying off workers and terminating employment in measures introduced as part of a state of emergency to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The rules announced Saturday also ban meetings of more than four people for religious, government and other organizations, including political gatherings, Adanech Abiebie, the attorney general, said in a statement.