ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia recorded 1, 468 new infections of COVID-19 on Sunday as the number of confirmed cases in the country exceeds 50, 000 mark.
The East African nation tested 21, 499 people for the virus to identify the new positive cases in the past twenty-four hours, according to the Ministry of Health’s daily report.
Health officials also added 23 more coronavirus-related deaths during the reported period, taking the death toll to 793.
The daily report has put the number of active COVID-19 cases in the nation at 31, 945. Of these, 344 patients are in serious conditions, said the ministry.
During the period, health officials also noted 266 patients have recovered from COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus. To date, 18, 382 patients have recovered.
Ethiopia confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13, and has so far tested 890, 929 people, and confirmed 51, 122.
Meanwhile, the ministry of health said it is readying the new Addis Ababa COVID-19 Field Hospital to start giving service under the Ministry of Health and St. Peter’s Specialized Hospital in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Ethiopia.
“It will be used primarily for patients who are seriously ill and in need of intensive care,” Dr. Lia Tadesse, Ethiopia’s minister of Health, said. “Preparations for the hospital’s operation are nearing completion and it is expected to start giving service soon”.
The field hospital, which is constructed by the UN World Food Program, will be set up as a training center for Emergency Medical Teams, according to the Minister.