Schools in Ethiopia are re-opening from Monday after closing for more than seven months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The schools will reopen in stages with students in rural districts returning to classes first.

Academic acytivities were closed down after the country reported its first case of coronavirus in March.

The country is aiming to reopen all primary and secondary schools by mid-November.

The Ministry of Education has said it was taking necessary measures to minimise the risk of the virus spreading in schools.

One of the measure is to distribute about fifty million face masks for pupils and teachers.

The country has more than ninety thousand covid nineteen cases.