ADDIS ABABA – Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tadesse has appealed the populace not to panic after first two deaths were reported on Sunday.
“We would like to advise the public not to panic but to avoid any mass gathering, apply all precaution measures,” she said in a statement issued late yesterday.
Health officials see measures such as hand washing with soap and maintaining physical distancing as key tools to contain the deadly virus in Ethiopia.
The first victim was a 60-year-old woman who had spent six days in intensive care, a health ministry statement said, with the second a 56-year-old man diagnosed with COVID-19 last Thursday.
Both victims are Ethiopians.
“It is my deepest regret to announce the first death of a patient from COVID-19 in Ethiopia,” Dr. Lia said in announcing the fatality on Twitter.
The Horn of Africa nation has confirmed 44 coronavirus cases and reported four recoveries.
Dr. Lia Tadesse (2nd L), Minister of Health of Ethiopia, addresses the press during an urgent press conference at the Federal Ministry of Health after the first case of COVID-19 coronavirus was detected in Ethiopia on March 13, 2020. (Photo AFP)