ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has reported three additional cases of noble coronavirus (COVID-19) today, taking the total number to 108.
The Ministry of Health said laboratories in the country has tested 667 samples over the past twenty-four hours.
“Of these, three of them confirmed positive,” said the ministry in its daily statement, which also claims all the latest victims of the virus are Ethiopians.
The report described the three patients – two 62 and 52 old years of women and a 19 years-old man – as residents of Addis Ababa.
How the 52 years old woman has contacted the deadly virus is currently “under investigation”, says the report. The other two patients had travel histories to the USA and Saudi Arabia and were under a mandatory quarantine.
The three patients have increased the number of patients currently in treatment centers in Ethiopia to 87 including one in intensive care.
Ethiopia confirmed its first case on 12 March and has since tested 7557 cases for a COVID-19 – the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.
Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse, on the statement issued today, extended her gratitude for medical and other workers who are on duty during the holiday.
She also reiterated advise for Ethiopians who celebrate Easter to adhere to precautionary measures to protect themselves and their loved ones and
“We would like to remind you all to refrain from family visit and gathering, maintain physical distancing at all time and avoid uncooked raw meat and animal products,” she said.
To date, sixteen patients have recovered while three died due to the virus.