Ethiopia Reports one COVID-19 Related Death, 5 New Cases

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has reported today the death of a patient due to COVID-19, taking the total number of deaths due to the virus int the country so far to four.

The Ministry of Health described the departed as a 75 years old resident of Addis Ababa with no travel history.

“She was being treated in a hospital for other chronic medical problems, and due to respiratory distress,” it said.

Worried doctors tested her for COVID-19, “however, she passed away before the result confirmed that she was positive,” the Ministry said, expressing “condolences for her families”.

Authorities are still investigating how she came in contact with the virus.

She was among the five new COVID-19 cases confirmed today, and take the total number of confirmed cases in Ethiopia to 145.

The new cases have been identified after laboratories across the nation tested over 1045 people for COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus, over the past twenty-four hours.

The youngest patient is an 8 years old resident of Addis Ababa and had a contact with a previously confirmed case.
A similar case has also been confirmed in Batu Town with a 19 years old female patient infected with a virus from a previously confirmed case.

The remaining two cases are registered in Afar Regional State. The two patients in their twenties were in a mandatory quarantine upon returning from Djibouti, said the ministry of Health’s daily report on coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the report indicates 16 people – 15 residents of Addis Ababa and one resident of Bahir Dar – have recovered from the COVID-19.

The latest recovery cases have taken the total figure to 91, says the report.

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