Ethiopia Records 9 New Coronavirus Cases; One Recovery

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has reported nine additional cases of coronavirus today, taking the tally of confirmed cases to 398.

At least 3, 737 people have been tested for COVID-19, a deadly respiratory illness caused by coronavirus, over the past twenty-four hours.

“Nine (9) of them confirmed positive for the virus,” says the ministry of health in its daily report on Thursday.

The report also describes all of the as Ethiopian nationals with their age ranging between 20 to 49 years. All except one are male.

Addis Ababa city continues to report the highest daily number of newly identified patients – Three. Two had contact with previously confirmed cases while the other one has travel history.

Amhara and Afar regional states have also reported two cases each.
Both cases in Afar Region do not have either contact with the previously confirmed case or travel history, says the ministry.

The patients in Amhara Region, however, had travel history and they have been in Matama quarantine center upon returning from abroad.

Tigray and Somali regional states reported one case apiece, and both cases have been identified in Maycadra and Jigjiga quarantine center, respectively.

Meanwhile, health authorities have confirmed the recovery of one patient from the virus in Addis Ababa. The figure takes the number of recoveries to 123.

According to the ministry of health, there are still 268 COVID-19 patients in treatment centers across the nation.

The East African nation reported its first case of coronavirus on 12 March. Since then it has tested over 69, 507 people and has so far confirmed 398 cases including five deaths.


Image: Health Minister Dr. Lia