Beginning today, April 13, 2020, all those who enter Tigray Regional State will be subject to a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to rejoin the public. In conjunction with the quarantine, which was proposed in order to halt the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) into the state that has not confirmed a single case yet, the government will begin door-to-door community canvassing. Aside from scanning for the Coronavirus, the deployed officers will be raising awareness about protective measures that can be undertaken, as well as briefing citizens about the three-month state of emergency and its implications. For the canvass, the Bureau will be deploying over 23,000 trained professionals including healthcare workers, teachers and agricultural experts, according to Hagos. Additionally, the Tigray State Council has announced the establishment of farmer marketing cooperatives to ensure that farming products are available throughout the State during the state of emergency, which does not allow intrastate movement. Normally, farmers will just distribute their crops directly to markets. Now the cooperatives will take over this task.
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