ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia has reported one new patient of coronavirus today, taking the number of confirmed cases in the country to 124.
More than ten laboratories in the country have conducted close to 943 tests for COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by Coronavirus. Only one person tested positive, the ministry of health said in its daily report issued today.
The ministry described the patient as a 45-year-old Ethiopian origin British national who came from the United Kingdom. He was under a mandatory quarantine.
The Ministry said the latest report of a single case in a day may not show the true picture of the disease in Ethiopia.
“Most of the samples tested are from people in mandatory quarantine and contacts of confirmed cases,” said Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of health.
“The result does not affirm that the outbreak is over in our country,” she said in the report, adding that this only means “those who are detected and tested people are negative”.
Despite the identification of one case, the number of COVID-19 patients in treatment centers have decreased to 69 after more people recovered from the virus.
“Nine people – 8 residents of Addis Ababa and one resident of Bahir Dar – recovered from the disease,” said the Ministry. The latest cases take the number of people recovered from the virus to 50.
Ethiopia reported its first case of COVID-19 on 12 March. Since then, three people have lost their lives while more than 50 recovered patients from the disease.