66 Prisoners in Ethiopia Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus

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Health workers collect blood samples as they conduct mass testing for the new coronavirus at a market in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Masyudi S. Firmansyah)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopian health officials say 66 inmates of a prison in the capital, Addis Ababa, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

They say contact made between one inmate and his lawyer led to the mass infection. The country has just 389 cases, but health officials say the past two weeks has presented more cases than the previous months combined.

Officials say more people with no travel history are testing positive, indicating a rise in community spread.