ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health has reported 85 new COVID-19 cases including one death, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country so far to 1, 257.
Over the past twenty-four hours, laboratories across the country have tested 2, 529 people for COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.
Of these, 85 people – 51 male and 34 male – have tested positive for the virus, according to the ministry of health’s report.
All the newly identified patients are Ethiopian nationals and are within the age range of 1 month to 65 years.
The majority of today’s cases (72) are residents of Addis Ababa, the epicenter of the virus in Ethiopia. Oromia (5) Tigray (4) Somali (3) and Amhara (1) reported the remaining cases.
Besides, the Health Ministry said, from the total newly identified patients, 19 have travel history and 18 had contact with previously confirmed cases.
The remaining 48 have neither travel history nor contact with confirmed case – indicating the rise in the community transmission.
One More death reported
The ministry also said one of the four cases that have been receiving intensive care treatment on has died late Sunday.
Health officials said the 30-year old patient who was chronically ill passed away while getting treatment at Eka Kotebe Hospital.
The case takes the number of coronavirus-related deaths in Ethiopia so far to 12.
Currently, 1026 patients are getting medical care in various COVID-19 treatment centers across the nation. Four of these patients are “in Severe condition”, according to the ministry of health.
Meanwhile, health officials reported that eight patients – 3 from Oromia and 5 from Addis Ababa – have recovered from the disease.
To date, 217 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, the country has conducted a total of 112, 277 COVID-19 tests and so far confirmed 1, 257.