Coronavirus Cases in Ethiopia Rise to 26

ADDIS ABEBA – The number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Ethiopia grew to 26 after a resident of Dire Dawa tested positive, the ministry of health said.

The latest case has increased the number of patients identified on Tuesday to four. Authorities confirmed three cases earlier today.

The patient is a 42 years old male Ethiopian who lives in Dire Dawa, said the ministry of Health.

The ministry said the individual arrived from Australia to Addis Ababa on March 18, 2020. He left the capital to Dire Dawa before the mandatory quarantine is put in place on March 19. 2020.

After he became symptomatic, the Ethiopia Public Health Institute conducted a laboratory test and the result confirmed positive for COVID-19, according to health officials.

“The patient is under treatment in the designated treatment center in Dire Dawa,” the ministry said.