Ethiopia Reports 116 More COVID-19 Cases; 7 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has reported 116 more coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total cases in the country to 4, 070.

In the past twenty-four hours, over 4, 800 individuals have been tested for the COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.

The ministry of health said in its daily report that 76 males and 40 females tested positive for the virus. It also said all of the newly identified patients are Ethiopian nationals within the age range of 3 to 78 years.

Addis Ababa, the epicenter of the virus in Ethiopia, has reported 101 cases – the majority cases of the day.

Oromia and SNNP regional states reported 6 and 4 cases, respectively, while Gambella, Amhara, Tigray, Afar regional states as well as Dire Dawa City reported one infection each, according to the ministry of health.

Seven deaths reported

The ministry’s report claims that seven people have died due to COVID-19 in the past twenty-four hours.

According to the report, a four-month male patient from Harari region has been registered as the youngest to die due to the virus in Ethiopia to date.

An 85-year-old male patient from Addis Ababa is the oldest from the seven patients that passed away.

In terms of location, Addis Ababa registered four deaths while the rest reported from Harari, Dire Dawa and Somali region.

All except two have died in COVID-19 treatment centers, according to the ministry. The remaining two tested positive after forensic investigations conducted on dead bodies.

Currently, there are 2, 969 active cases in Ethiopia. Of these, 32 are in severe conditions, according to the ministry.

– 93 recovered –

On Friday, the number of recovery cases has also surpassed the 1000 mark. The ministry has reported the recovery of 93 patients of COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1, 027.

Addis Ababa reported 88 of today’s recovery cases while Amhara (2), Somali (2) and Oromia (1) recorded the remaining cases.

To date, Ethiopia tested over 207, 000 individuals and confirmed over 4, 000 COVID-19 positive cases including 72 deaths.