ADDIS ABEBA Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health has reported 170 new cases COVID-19 on Wednesday, bring the total number of confirmed cases to 2, 506.
The ministry identified the cases from 6, 187 testes conducted the in past twenty-four hours. Health officials said the entire newly identified patients are Ethiopian nationals aged between 2 to 115 years.
Addis Ababa and Somalia region have confirmed the majority of today’s cases.
The report says the 81 patients identified from Ethiopia’s capital and 57 from Somali regional states.
The rest of the cases recorded in Amhara (13), Tigray (7), Oromia (7), Harari (3) and SNNP (2) regional states.
– Three Deaths –
The ministry also registered the death of three Ethiopians due to the virus. Two deaths registered in Addis Ababa with the ministry describing them as 115-year-old male and 85-year-old male residents of the capital.
Oromia region recorded the other one after a 35-year-old female passed away due to the virus.
All of them tested positive following forensic investigations on their bodies, according to the ministry.
“We would like to pass our condolences to their families,” said health minister Dr. Lia Tadesse.
– More Recoveries –
More than 2, 000 patients are currently receiving treatment in various COVID-19 health centers. Health officials also confirmed that the thirty-two patients, who are under severe health condition, are still in the intensive care unit.
The ministry also announced 22 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease. The latest recovery cases are registered in Addis Ababa, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 401.
Ethiopia identified its first COVID-19 patient on March 13. Since then, the country conducted 158, 521 individuals and confirmed 2, 506 cases including 35 deaths.