Ethiopia Reports 164 New COVID-19 Cases; 5 Deaths

ADDIS ABEBA – Ministry of Health has reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 cases in Ethiopia, bringing the tally in the country 2, 670.

The ministry tested more than 660 individuals in the past twenty-four hours and found 117 male and 47 female patients.

The ministry’s today report says all but one patient are Ethiopian nationals and they are within the age range of 1 to 95 years. The report does not specify the nationality of the foreign patient.

Addis Ababa reported the majority of today’s case – 104 – followed by Somali (26) and Amhara (22) regional states. The remaining patients are from Tigray (4), SNNP (4), Oromia (2) and Benishangul-Gumuz (1) regional states.

’10-fold increase’

Ethiopia has recorded its first case of COVID-19 three months ago. Reports indicate that only 250 people infected with the virus in the first month.

“But in the last one month 2420 people have tested positive for COVID-19,” the Ministry said, claiming that the number of patients increased “10-fold when compared with the number of cases reported in the first two months/
“Considering the amplified spread of the outbreak, everyone should take extra precaution,” said health officials.

More death reported

Today, the ministry of health has also reported five COVID-19 related deaths and 33 recoveries.

Four of the five deaths cases reported from Addis Ababa, the epicenter of the virus in Ethiopia. Somali region also reported the death of a 70-year-old male patient.

The ministry said samples taken from two dead bodies in Addis Ababa tested positive for the virus. The rest of the three were getting medical care at COVID-19 treatment centers.

Among the 2194 active cases, 32 COVID-19 patients are still in severe conditions, according to health officials.

They also announced the recovery of 32 patients from the disease. Of these, 31 are residents of Addis Ababa while one is from the Amhara region, bringing the total case of recoveries in the country to 434.

Since the first case reported on March 13, Ethiopia has tested 165, 151 individuals, and confirmed 2670 cases including 40 deaths.