Ethiopia reports 1,709 new COVID-19 cases

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 1, 709 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the nationwide tally to more than 240, 236.

In a daily report, the Ministry of Health said over 8, 300 people have been tested within a 24-hours period to find positive cases.

The report also said additional 28 people have passed away due to coronavirus-related health complications across the country, bringing the national tally to 3, 328.

The country currently has at least 58, 200 confirmed active COVID-19 cases. Of these, 1, 027 patients are severely ill, health officials reported.

During the same period, at least 1, 076 people have recovered from the deadly respiratory disease, taking the national recovery count, thus far, to 178, 705.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, has so far reported one of the highest COVID-19 cases in the East Africa region after testing nearly 2.5mln people.

According to the ministry, Ethiopia currently has some 56,560 active COVID-19 cases, of which 995 are said to be severe.

Ethiopia is rolling out a nationwide vaccination program after the country received its first batch of 2.2 million COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX recently.

Nearly half a million people mostly frontline health workers and vulnerable segments of the society, have been inoculated, according to the ministry of health.