Ethiopia Reports Record One-day Rise in COVID-19 Cases; One Death

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has reported a record one-day increase in COVID-19 infections after confirming 100 cases including one death on Thursday.

The figure is the highest daily increase since last Sunday when health officials reported 88 confirmed COVID-19 cases.


Over the past twenty-four hours, the Ministry of Health said 4, 950 people tested for the COVID-19, a disease caused by a coronavirus.

Of these, 100 of them are confirmed positive for the virus, claims the Ministry’s daily report adding that one of the newly identified patients passed away without knowing her test results.

The ministry described her as a 70-year-old female Ethiopian national and resident of Addis Ababa.

She was being treated at an unnamed hospital for other chronic medical problems when she was randomly tested for COVID-19. The patent “passed away before results confirmed that she was positive”, the report says.

“We would like to pass our condolences to the families,” said Dr. Lia Tadesse, Ministry of Health in the statement.

The latest case took the number of COVID-19-related deaths in Ethiopia to 7.

Cases Continue to Spike

Addis Ababa, the epicenter of coronavirus in Ethiopia, has reported the majority of today’s cases.

The Ministry said ninety-four of today’s cases are identified from Addis Ababa. Thirty-four contracted the virus from known cases and 60 have no contact with known confirmed cases and travel history.

Somali and Tigray regional states 2 and 1 cases, respectively, and all the three have travel history and were identified from mandatory quarantine centers in the regions.

Oromia region also recorded 3 new cases – one with known contact with a confirmed case, and the other two have neither contact with previously confirmed cases nor travel history.

The ministry also reported today the recovery of 10 patients, bringing the number of patients recuperated from the virus in the country so far to 191.


Image: Minister of Health Dr. Lia [Photo File]

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