Ethiopia’s Covid-19 Death Toll Exceeds 2000 Mark

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia’s ministry of health reported on Monday at least 9 new people have passed away due to COVID-19, taking the death toll in the country to more than 2000.

Health officials reported the first two COVID-related deaths on April 5, 2020. Since then, 2003 people have died due to the virus, according to the Ministry.

At least 80 of the deaths have been reported since the start of the new year, according to the data from the ministry.

The number of hospitalization due to COVID, a deadly disease caused by coronavirus, remains in the recent days with at least 201 patients currently getting treatment in hospitals after becoming severely ill.

The issue has prompted government officials to urge the public to stick with COVID-19 safety precautions.

“As COVID-19 cases continue to surge and our intensive care units operate at maximum capacity,”, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, end of last month, said “it is imperative that we do not lose sight of precautionary measures, save your life; save someone else’s life and support our health workers by wearing a mask”.

Health authorities have complained that social distancing, mask-wearing, and other guidelines are being recklessly disregarded by the public.

On the day, they have reported 300 new coronavirus infections, after testing a total of 4, 599 people within twenty-four hours.

The east African nation confirmed its first case on March 13, 2020. To date, the country tested more than 1.85mln people and identified 128, 616 cases. More than 113, 563 patients have recovered after contracting the virus.