Ethiopia Reports Third Death from COVID-19

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Health Ministry reported on Friday the third coronavirus-related death.

The ministry identified the case as a “65-year-old female Ethiopian resident of Dukem Town”. The patient was admitted to a hospital on April 4 for underlying medical conditions.

The Ministry said the patient tested positive for coronavirus on April 6 and admitted to treatment on the same day.

“She was in critical condition since admission and was receiving intensive care,” said the Ministry. “Unfortunately, she passed away today.”

She became the third patient to die due to COVID-19 in Ethiopia.

“The Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like to pass their condolences to her families,” said Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse.

The East African nation reported the first two deaths one hour apart on April 5, 2020.

The first victim, a 60-year-old woman, had been admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) at Eka Kotebe hospital for five days before her death.

The second victim, a 56-year-old Ethiopian man, had been in ICU for three days.

The country, with 65 confirmed cases of coronavirus so far, confirmed its first case on 12 March. It has since declared a state of emergency, closed all land borders, ordered most government employees to work from home and released thousands prisoners as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.