ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia has confirmed today two new cases of coronavirus while five patients recovered from the virus.
Ministry of Health has reported the first COVID-19 case in Afar regional state. The 22 years old patient, a resident of Gewane Woreda of the region, has no travel history. Officials are now investigating how he came in contact with the virus.
The second one is an imported case described as a 54 years old Ethiopian born American citizen, indicates the Ministry’s daily report. He was under a mandatory quarantine upon his return from the U.S.
Over the past 24 hours, laboratories in the country have tested a record number of samples – 1073.
“Of this, two of them confirmed positive for COVID-19,” said the ministry.
The latest figures have taken the number of confirmed cases in the country to 116.
The report also shows an increase in the number of patients recovered from COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus.
“Five people – four residents of Addis Ababa and one from Dire Dawa – recovered from the virus making the total number of recoveries twenty-one,” says the Ministry’s report.
Dr. Lia Tadesse (center), Minister of Health of Ethiopia, addresses the press during an urgent press conference after the first case of COVID-19 coronavirus was detected in Ethiopia on March 13, 2020. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)