ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia has recorded 3 deaths and 142 new Covid-19 cases in the past twenty-four hours, its ministry of health reported.
The ministry revealed that 4120 samples were tested during the period and 143 individuals including one Portuguese and another Djiboutian national tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus.
The infected persons are aged between 7 and 78 years with the majority of them (126) identified from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
Oromia (7), Amhara (6), Afar (2) and Somali (1) regional states reported the remaining cases.
Today’s COVID-19 cases increase is the highest recorded in a single day in the country to date. The surge is “due to the presence of community transmission”, the ministry said.
Over the past two weeks, the cases load in Ethiopia has shown by 300% when compared to the whole first two-month period since the first COVID-19 case confirmed in the country.
Worried health officials implored the public to strictly adhere to all precaution measures to protect themselves and others from the virus.
– Three died; 15 Recovered –
The ministry further stated that three Ethiopians have passed away, and that 15 people were discharged from hospitals during the same period.
The deceased are a 71-year-old female resident of Addis Ababa, a 46-year-old male from Oromia, and a 40-year-old male from SNNPR.
“The first case was receiving medical care in a health facility while the other two were dead bodies taken to health facility for forensic investigation and tested positive for the COVID-19,” the ministry of health said.
Today’s cases have brought the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Ethiopia to 17.
Currently, the ministry of health confirmed 1219 people are getting medical care in the country. Six of these patients are “in severe condition”, it added.
Health officials also said fifteen people from Somali and Addis Ababa have recovered from the disease – taking the recovery tally to 246.
Ethiopia confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on March 13. Since then, it has tested close to 120, 429 individuals and reported 1, 486 cases including 17 deaths.