BACKGROUND The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has emerged as a global health and economic security threat with staggering cumulative incidence worldwide . Given the severity of projections, hospitals across the globe are creating additional critical care surge capacity and limiting patient routine access to care for other diseases like tuberculosis (TB). The outbreak fuels panic in sub-Saharan Africa where the healthcare system is fragile in withstanding the disease . Here, we looked over the COVID-19 containment measures in Ethiopia in context from reliable sources and put forth recommendations that leverage the health system response to COVID-19 and TB . MAIN TEXT Ethiopia shares a major proportion of the global burden of infectious diseases, while the patterns of COVID-19 are still at an earlier stage of the epidemiology curve . The Ethiopian government exerted tremendous efforts to curb the disease . It limited public gatherings, ordered school closures, directed high-risk civil servants to work from home, and closed borders . It suspended flights to 120 countries and restricted mass transports . It declared a five-month national state of emergency and granted a pardon for 20 402 prisoners . It officially postponed parliamentary and presidential elections . It launched the 'PM Abiy-Jack Ma initiative', which supports African countries with COVID-19 diagnostics and infection prevention and control commodities . It expanded its COVID-19 testing capacity to 38 countrywide laboratories . Many institutions are made available to provide clinical care and quarantine . However, the outbreak still has the potential for greater loss of life in Ethiopia if the community is unable to shape the regular behavioral and sociocultural norms that would facilitate the spread of the disease . The government needs to keep cautious that irregular migrants would fuel the disease . A robust testing capacity is needed to figure out the actual status of the disease . The pandemic has reduced TB care and research activities significantly and these need due attention .
CONCLUSIONS Ethiopia took several steps to detect, manage, and control COVID-19 . More efforts are needed to increase testing capacity and bring about behavioral changes in the community . The country needs to put in place alternative options to mitigate interruptions of essential healthcare services and scientific researches of significant impact.