ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered twenty-seven coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths in the course of the past twenty-four hours, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday evening.
The East African nation confirmed its first coronavirus associated death in the first week of April, 2020.
Since then, the ministry said a total of 2, 963 Ethiopians have lost their lives due to COVID-19 – a disease caused by coronavirus.
On the day, health officials have also identified 1, 878 new infections after conducting nearly 7, 000 medical tests.
The newly recorded cases have pushed the tally of COVID-19 infections registered in the country so far to 215, 189.
The ministry’s COVID-19 report also shows the rise in the rate of severe cases by nearly 40 as compared to preceding day.
There are now 857 patients who are receiving medical treatment in Intensive Care Units after they become seriously ill.
They are among the 50, 256 active cases in the country, according to the report.
During the 24-hours, health officials said at least 742 patients have recuperated from the deadly respiratory disease, bringing the recovery count to nearly 162, 000.
Ethiopia, where authorities confirmed the first COVID-19 case on March 13, 2020, has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the East Africa region after conducting nearly 2.4mln tests.
The country is currently witnessing a hike in the number of new cases despite health officials’ urge for the public to observe COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing, for the prevention and control of the pandemic in Ethiopia.
The situation has forced authorities to reenact the strict legal directive issued in Oct, last year, which slaps violators of public health guidelines up to three years imprisonment.
In response to the pandemic, health officials have also started to administer COVID-19 vaccination in Mid-March, and plan to jab 20% of Ethiopians by the end of 2021.
Featured Image: Health workers treating a COVID-19 patient in one of the medical centers in Ethiopia [Photo File/MoH]