Ethiopia Reports 30 More Coronavirus Cases; 5 Recoveries

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has reported 30 new patients of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 429.

Up to 3, 645 individuals have been tested for COIVD-19 – a respiratory illness caused by coronavirus – over the past twenty-four hours.

Of these, 30 people tested positive for the virus, reports the ministry of health today. All the newly identified patients are Ethiopian nationals with their ages ranging from 15 to 60 years.

The capital, Addis Ababa, continues to report the most cases in the country with 18 patients identified today are from the city.

The rests are from Oromia (4), Afar (3) and Tigray (3) regional states. The ministry did not specify the residency of the remaining two but the report said they are border cross truck drivers.

Seventeen of the total cases today contracted the virus from previously confirmed cases while nine have travel history. Four patients, on the other hand, have neither contact with the previously confirmed case nor travel history.

At least 294 patients are being treated in treatment centers located across all but one region in Ethiopia.

After Harari region identified its first case on Thursday, Gambella remains the only region in Ethiopia without a reported case of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the ministry said five patients – all residents of Addis Ababa – have recovered from COVID-19 on its report today.

The latest cases have increased the number of recovery cases in Ethiopia so far to 128.

Ethiopia recorded its first case of coronavirus in mid-March. Since then it has tested over 73, 167 people and has so far confirmed 429 cases including five deaths.

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