Ethiopia’s COVID-19 Cases Continue to Spike with 73 New Cases

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s confirmed Covid-19 cases reached 655 after 73 additional infections were confirmed on Monday.

The total count of COVID-19 in the country has spiked by 222 since Saturday.

Over the past twenty-four hours, 2844 people have been tested for COVID-19 – a respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus.

And seventy-three people including six foreign nationals tested positive for the virus, the Ministry of Health said in its daily report today.

The age of the newly identified patients – 49 males and 24 females –ranges between 8 to 75 years, according to the ministry’s daily report.

It says, among the total new cases, 27 have travel history from abroad and 15 having contact with known confirmed cases. The remaining 31 are said to have no travel history from abroad and without prior contact with known confirmed cases.

Spike in Addis Ababa

The majority of today’s infection cases are from Addis Ababa, the epicenter of coronavirus in Ethiopia.

“Fifty-six of the (total cases today) are identified from Addis Ababa,” the ministry said. Thirteen have known contact with COVID-91 patient, 12 has travel history abroad while the rest 31 cases have neither travel history nor known contact with a confirmed case.

Somali and Tigray regional states have confirmed 8 and 4 infection cases, respectively, with all having a travel history abroad.

Two infection cases who have contact with previously confirmed cases were also reported from Amhara Regional state.

The ministry described the remaining three patients as long-distance truck drivers with travel history from abroad.

Recovery cases

Meanwhile, health officials reported the recovery of seven patients who tested positive for Covid-19.

The recuperated patients are from SNNP (4) and Tigray (2) regionals states while the remaining one case is a resident of Addis Ababa.

To date, 159 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered from the virus.

Ethiopia confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on March 13. Since then it has confirmed 655 cases including five deaths.