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Coronavirus: 3 New Cases Identified in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Ethiopia has increased to four, with 3 new cases identified today, Minister of Health announced.

Ethiopia confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13. Since then, officials have been tracing the contacts of the first conffirmed case.

About 117 contacts were traced and are being quarantined, reads the ministry’s statement.

Health officials have tested these contacts the first confirmed case. “Based on this, we have found three more additional patients that have become positive for COVID-19,” says the ministry.

The three cases include two Japanese citizens aged 44 and 47 and one Ethiopian aged 42. All of them work in Addis Ababa and had a close contact with the first confirmed case.

“The clinical condition of the first confirmed case is progressing well and currently does not have clinical symptoms and under close medical follow up at designated isolation and treatment center,” the ministry said.

The ministry also said they have already started tracing the contacts of the three new cases.

“We would like to remind the public that these are not newly imported cases but contacts of the first index case,” it said.