Ethiopia’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Exceed 1, 000 Mark

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 95 additional COVID-19 infections today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1063.

About 5, 034 individuals have been tested for the disease caused by coronavirus over the past twenty-four hours.
Of these, 95 people – 71 male and 324 female – tested positive for the virus, the Ministry of Health reported.

Samples were collected from high-risk community members, contacts of confirmed cases, visitors of health facilities as well as travelers and others.

The newly identified patients, which include 94 Ethiopians and one Indian national, are in the age range of 15 to 84 years.

Addis Ababa continues to report the most cases in Ethiopia with health officials saying 56 of today’s cases have been identified from the city.

The second highest case is recorded in Oromia region where 22 new patients reported today.

Dire Dawa has reported two patients while Amhara (5), Tigray (3), Somali (3), Harari (3) Afar regionals states confirmed the remaining cases.

The ministry’s report also claims, of the total cases, 30 have travel history, 4 contracted the virus from known confirmed cases, while the remaining 61 are said to have neither travel history nor prior contact with previously confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, eleven patients who tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered from the virus. Nine of them are residents of Afar region while the rest two cases are from Tigray region.

Currently, 845 patients are being treated for the disease in various COVID-19 treatment centers across the nation.

“Five of them are in severe condition,” said health officials.

Ethiopia confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on March 13. Since then, it has tested close to 106, 615 people for the virus, and confirmed 1063 cases including 8 deaths.