ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s tally of coronavirus infections since mid March has passed the 35, 000 mark, after 1, 778 new cases were reported on Thursday.
Some 21, 456 people have been tested for the virus over the past twenty-four hours, according to Ministry of Health’s daily COVID-19 report.
Today’s figure is the highest daily increase in the country so far, pushing Ethiopia’s confirmed cases number to 35, 836.
Health officials attributed the recent rise in the number of cases in the Horn of Africa nation partly to an ongoing testing campaign aiming to do 200,000 laboratory tests.
The campaign is expected to continue, as per the health ministry’s program.
The country also added 20 new deaths due to COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus, on Thursday. To date, Ethiopia recorded 620 deaths.
Currently, 21, 678 patients are undergoing quarantine, both in health centers and their homes.
Of these, 248 patients are in serious conditions showing little improvement, according to health officials.
The increases in the seriously ill patients is putting pressure on frontline workers and medical centers.
Bisrat Yonas, a nurse who is serving COVID-19 patients at Millennium Hall temporary medical facility, advised people to take care of themselves to ease this pressures.
“This rise is partly a reflection of people becoming negligent to protect themselves,” said Bisrat – is a single father who has not seen his son for days with his current engagement keeping him busy.
Ethiopians are still srongly urged to protect themselves from the virus by wearing face masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing or sanitizing hands frequently.
“People have to be vigilant,” he told state-broadcaster and added that he and his colleagues are counting on the them to adhere to the preventive measures.
Thursday’s Ministry of Health report notes the recovery of 228 patients from the disease in the past twenty-four hours, taking the total number to 13, 536.
The East African nation has so far tested 694, 093 people for the virus.