Ethiopia’s COVID-19 Cases Increases to 731

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s confirmed Covid-19 cases count has reached 731 after 30 more infections were confirmed on Wednesday.

The country tested 4, 352 people for COVID-19 – a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus – over the past twenty-four hours.

“Of these, thirty of them tested positive for” the virus, said the Ministry of Health in its daily report. 

The tests were collected from high-risk community members, contacts of confirmed cases, visitors of health facilities as well as travelers in mandatory quarantine centers, among others.

The Ministry said all the newly identified COVID-19-19 cases are Ethiopian nationals – 22 males and 8 females – with their ages ranging between 9 to 60 years.

The ministry also stressed that among the new cases, 11 have travel history, 5 contracted the virus from known confirmed cases, while the remaining 11 are said to have neither recent travel history nor prior contact with previously confirmed cases.

Today’s report also said 14 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered from the virus.

The recovered cases are registered in Addis Ababa and the latest number takes the total number of recoveries to 181.

The ministry had previously disclosed that five patients have died due to Covid-19 related illnesses.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation with about 105 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13. Since then, it has tested over 91, 616 people and confirmed 731 cases including six deaths.