ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded at least 24 coronavirus-related deaths over the past twenty-four hours, its ministry of health reported on Wednesday.
The latest death figure pushed the total number of people who lost their lives to COVID-19 to 2, 865.
The number is among the highest recorded this week, thus far. Officials confirmed Deputy Director-General of the Ethiopian Medicines and Food Control Authority (EMFCA), Dr. Kharedin Redi, is one of the 24 patients who passed away today.
Dr. Kharedin served his country on various posts ranging from a general practitioner to his last job as deputy director of the EMFCA.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague Dr. Kharedin Redi due to COVID19,” said Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health.
– More New cases –
On the same day, the country has registered 2, 069 new infections after conducting over 8, 000 tests in the 24-hour period, according to the daily COVID-19 report.
The report also shows the rise in the rate of hospitalizations as 37 more patients become severely ill as compared to the preceding day.
There are now 865 seriously ill patients in Intensive Care units across the nation.
They are among the 45, 613 confirmed active cases, according to the Ministry’s report.
Over the past 24-hours, at least 1, 484 people have recuperated from COVID-19, bringing the national recovery tally to 158, 109.
The East African nation identified its first coronavirus case on March 13, 2020.
Since then, the country has tested close to 2,36mln people and confirmed a total of 206, 589 infections.