ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 150 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the total number of infections in the country to 1, 636.
The Ministry of Health, in its daily report, said various labs in the country conducted 5, 141 tests over the past twenty-four hours and found 94 male and 39 female positive cases.
Thursday’s infections figure is the highest daily increase to date. The previous highest number registered on Wednesday with the health officials reporting 142 cases.
The report claims all except three are Ethiopian nationals with their age ranging from 4 to 71 years. The other three are United States nationals.
The Ministry said Addis Ababa, the epicenter of the disease in Ethiopia, has identified the majority of Thursday’s patients – 123.
Health officials said the increase in community transmission for the rise in the number of COVID-19 patients in Addis Ababa.
Amhara (13), Somali (6), SNNP (3), Oromia (2), Tigray (2) and Afar (1) regional states identified the remaining 27 cases.
– ‘Many in severe condition’ –
In today’s report, the ministry also reported the death of one COVID-19 patient in the capital as the number of patients in the incentive care unit started to surge.
The 30-year-old Ethiopian patient, who had a chronic illness, died at Eka Kotebe Hospital on Wednesday night, health officials confirmed.
“We would like to pass on our condolences to his family,” Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of health, said.
Currently, there are 1, 366 COVID-19 patients that are being treated in various health centers across the nation.
Sixteen of them are “in severe conditions”, confirmed the ministry. Their number has increased by 10 when compared to Wednesday.
Meanwhile, four more people from Addis Ababa have recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 250.
Ethiopia confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13. To date, the country has tested 125, 570 people, and reported 1636 including 18 deaths.