Over 40 Pass Away over the weekend due to COVID-19 Complications

ADDIS ABABA – A total of 41 people have lost their lives in Ethiopia due to Coronavirus-related complications in the past 48 hours, health officials said.

The newly reported cases have pushed the national death toll to 2, 659, Ministry of Health’s daily Covid-19 report on Sunday shows.

The East African nation confirmed its first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related death on April 15, 2020.

Health officials are expressing their concerns over the burden of the deadly virus as the rate of COVID-positive hospitalizations continues to increase and surpass the 600 mark on Sunday.

At least 605 Covid-19 patients are currently getting treatment in Convid medical facilites after their case becomes severe, according to the ministry.

The number is feared to go up further as the country continues to witness a surge in infections rates in the recent few weeks.

Over the past 48-hours, the ministry has registered a total of 3, 502 new COVID-19 infections, taking the nationwide tally to more than 187, 000.

The country conducted nearly 15, 000 tests to identify the new positive cases, according to data from the Ministry.

The latest rise in daily cases is related to the reluctance to follow health precautions on the part of the public.

Minister of health Dr. Lia Tadesse recently warned the pandemic is not over and the fight must continue.

“We need to revitalize our collective efforts to protect our loved ones and ourselves by adhering to the prevention measures,” she said.

While the cases spike daily, relatively less number of patients are recovering – pushing the national active COVID-19 case to go up and reach 37, 252.

The Ministry has reported the recovery of 586 Covid patients on Saturday while 1, 179 more recuperated on Sunday.

To date, authorities have conducted nearly 2.28mln COVID-19 medical tests and confirmed 187, 365 infections. At least 147, 452 of these patients have already recovered.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, has so far reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the East African region while conducting the highest number of tests.

Health officials started admenistrating COVID-19 vaccine last week shortly after the country received its first batch of 2.2 million COVID-19 doses from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility.