Covid-19: Ethiopia Confirms over 2, 000 New Cases, 10 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has reported at least 2057 more Covid-19 infections and 10 deaths on Thursday.

In its daily Covid-19 report, the Ministry of Health said more than 8, 000 tests have been conducted in the past twenty-four hours to identify the new positive cases. Today’s infection figure is the highest the country recorded since the start of the 2021.

At least 10 people have also passed away due to complications related to covid-19 during the period.

Over 2, 600  Ethiopians have lost their lives since the first COVID-19 related death confirmed in the country on April 15, 2020.

Like the number of daily infections, the rate of hospitalizations has also increased on the day.

Currently, about 600 patients are seriously ill and getting medical treatment in various hospitals, health officials reported. The patients are among 33, 916 confirmed active cases in the country.

The rise in the number of infections and severe cases have forced authorities to consider imposing strict measures.

Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health, confirmed today that she has held a “fruitful discussion” with officials of Ministry of Peace,  Federal Police Commission and Addis Ababa police.

The discussion was focused “on how to enforce COVID19 prevention measures as per the respective guidelines to reduce and mitigate the increasing number of cases and concerns related to the spread of the virus,” she said urging the public to wear mask, tomentain hand hygiene and observe social distancing.

In the past 24-hours, onlu 330 covid patients have recuperated, pushing the national recovery tally to more than 145, 349.

Ethiopia confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 13 last year. Since then, the country has registered more than 181, 869 infections after conducting nearly 2.26mln tests.