ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has reported 1, 186 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to over 46, 400, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry said the new positive cases have been identified over the past twenty-four hours after the country tested up to 18, 046 people.
The East African nation has seen a significant increase of cases recently, with around 25,000 cases in August alone.
Currently, there are 28, 831 active cases of COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus. Of these, 330 are in severe conditions, according to the ministry’s daily report.
The number of seriously ill patients exceeded 300 mark for the first time on Wednesday with the majority of them getting treatment in a temporary health center built in Addis Ababa’s Millennium hall.
The center receives reportedly around 20 patients per day and is currently treating more than 200. More than half are receiving supplementary oxygen.
Nationally, there are now 330 seriously ill patients, Thursday’s Ministry of Health report indicated.
On Thursday, health officials recorded additional 20 coronavirus related deaths. This has taken the death toll in the country to 745.
A significant number of patients are also recovering. Over the past twenty-four hours, the Ministry of Health said at least 518 patients have recovered from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 16, 829.
The country identified its patient case of the deadly virus in mid March. As of Thursday, the nation tested 831, 470 individuals for coronavirus and confirmed 46, 407 cases, with most cases in the capital Addis Ababa.