Ethiopia Reports 179 More Coronavirus Cases; 2 New Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 179 more coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3, 345.

Ministry of Health, after testing 4, 845 individuals over the past twenty-four hours, identified 116 male and 63 patients. It described the newly identified partitions including three foreigners whose nationalities yet to be revealed are within the age range of 2 months to 8 years.

Addis Ababa, the epicenter of the virus in the East African nation, recorded 111 infections. The rest are reported from Amhara (23), Oromia (15), Afar (11), Tigray (9), Somali (5), SNNP (2) regionals states as well as Dire Dawa city (1).

The country also reported 2 additional fatalities due to the novel coronavirus, taking the death toll to 57.

Health officials found the two cases after conducting forensic investigations on 30 deaths recorded in health centers and in the community.

Over 2, 740 patients are currently getting medical attention in various COVID-19 health centers in the country. Of these, thirty of them are in severe conditions, according to the ministry.

Health officials also reported 50 patients of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by coronavirus, recuperated. The recoveries were reported from Addis Ababa city (41) as well as Afar (3) and Tigray (2) regional states.

To date, 545 patients have recovered from the disease in Ethiopia.

Since the first case confirmed in the country three months ago, health officials tested 181, 349 testes and confirmed 3, 345 infections.

Dr. Lia Tadesse’s report says the number of infections is increasing rapidly due to the presence of community transmission.

“Any one of us can be the next person to acquire COVID-19, but we can prevent it if we act now,” health minister Dr. Lia said.

The health minister urged the public to practice all of the COVID-19 prevention methods in order to stay alive and healthy”.

Image: Dr. Lia (L) speaks to reporters on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. [Photo BBC]