ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s ministry of health has reported on Friday at least 28 COVID-19-related deaths and 2, 097 new infections over the past 24 hours.
This newly reported number brings the total number of people who lost their lives to the virus to 2, 769, according to the Ministry’s daily COVID-19 report.
The country has also recorded the highest daily infections rate of the week – 2, 097 – after testing 8, 171 people.
The figure has pushed the national infections tally to more than 196, 000.
Recent estimates show that one in three people in Ethiopia may have been infected by COVID-19.
Like the new infection, the rate of hospitalizations has also jumped by about 25 patients as compared to Thursday.
About 769 patients are currently receiving medical treatment in hospital beds after they become severely ill, health officials reported.
They are among the 41, 342 confirmed active cases in the country, according to the report.
Health officials said about 1, 338 people have recovered after contracting the virus which causes the deadly respiratory illness in the past 24-hours.
Ethiopia identified its first coronavirus case on March 13, 2020. Since then, it has confirmed a total of 196, 621 infections after conducting nearly 2.32mln tests.