ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia has reported three new COVID-19 cases as the total number of confirmed cases reach 85.
Authorities have conducted 431 laboratory tests over the past twenty-four hours. “Three of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19,” said the ministry of health in its daily report issued today.
The newly reported patients are all male and Ethiopian nationals.
Two of the three came in contact with the virus from other previously confirmed cases while the remaining one is an imported case. The patient came from the United States and was under mandatory quarantine, the report claims.
The latest figure has increased the number of patients in the treatment center to 65.
To date, Sixteen people have recovered from the virus while two foreign nationals went back to their country. Three Ethiopians died from the virus.
Authorities urged the public to take precautions issued about COVID-19 during the upcoming holiday.
“Considering the upcoming Easter holiday, we would like to request the public to adhere to the precaution measures during market ethane,” said Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse in the report.
“In addition,” she said, “we would like to advise the public to refrain from family and neighborhood visits and gatherings during the holiday”.
Since 12 March when Ethiopia’s first case was confirmed, 4, 988 laboratory tests have been conducted, according to the health ministry.