ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 29 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 139.
Fourteen laboratories across the nation conducted 2, 171 tests in the past twenty-four hours.
“Of these, 29 of them tested positive for COVID-19,” confirms the Ministry of Health in its daily report today.
Today’s cases of infection indicates that community transmission is on the rise as the majority (21) of the newly identified patients contracted the virus from the previously confirmed cases.
Eight of them are imported cases, the report also shows.
Addis Ababa remains the epicenter of the disease. Twenty-one of the patients are residents of the capital.
Seven patients, on the other hand, were quarantined in Somali regional state upon their return from abroad.
The remaining one patient has been identified by community surveillance in Adama City, the Ministry says.
Meanwhile, the Ministry reported two patients have recovered from the disease taking the total number to 99 today.
Since it reported its first case in two months ago, close to 35, 000 people have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 139 people tested positive, five Ethiopians have lost their lives due to the virus to date.
With the rise in the deadly virus cases, the government has bought life insurance to health care professionals and others frontline workers who are in direct contact with COVID-19 patients.
Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse and CEO of Ethiopian Insurance Corporation Netsanet Lemessa signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the respective organizations on Friday, state media reports on Saturday.
Health professionals working in quarantine facilities, laboratories, emergency response team and related divisions are privileged from the life insurance, the Ministry of Health stated.
Others engaged in sanitary work, ambulance driving and similar services that are fighting the virus in the frontline will also benefit from the life insurance, according to the agreement.