Ethiopia Reports 87 New COVID-19 Cases; Two Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has identified 87 additional COVID cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to 1, 344.

Over the past twenty-four hours, at least 3, 932 individuals tested for COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.

Of these 87 individuals – 59 male and 28 female – tested positive for the virus, according to the Ministry’s daily report.

All of the confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals with their age ranging between 10 to 70 years.

– Community Spread –

Addis Ababa – the epicenter of the disease in Ethiopia – has continued to record the highest daily number of cases over the past few days.

Medical workers have identified 67 new patients of COVID-19 from the city on Tuesday, according to Health ministry.

Amhara (7), Oromia (6), Somali (4), Tigray (2) and Harari (1) regional states reported the rest of the cases.

Today’s report also shows that cases of community transmission are growing in the country.

The ministry of health said, of the total newly identified cases, 41 of them have no known contact with confirmed cases and no travel history.

It said 28 patients have “travel history from abroad” while the remaining 18 contracted the virus from previously confirmed cases.

– 2 Deaths Reported –

According to the ministry, two patients have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

Health officials described them as a 30-year-old male resident of Addis Ababa and a 56-year-old female patient who was in the capital for medical follow up.

The test result, conducted after their death, confirms that they were positive for COVID-19.  The latest death report has brought the total number of lives lost due to the virus in Ethiopia to 14.

Currently, 1, 097 patients are receiving treatment in several COVID-19 medical centers located across the nation. Eight of them are in severe conditions, according to the ministry of health.

Meanwhile, the ministry also said 14 patients have recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 231.