ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered a total of 1, 524 new Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections on Tuesday, pushing the nationwide tally to more than 245, 000.
The East African nation confirmed the positive cases after testing 7, 346 people in the past twenty-four hours.
In a daily COVID-19 report, the ministry of health said 47 more people have lost their lives due to COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.
Today’s death figure is the highest the country recorded since the start of the pandemic. The previous highest recorded number was registered two days ago.
Health officials confirmed the country’s first coronavirus-related death on April 5, 2020. To date, 3, 439 Ethiopians have died as a result of the virus.
Tuesday’s report also shows that the rate of hospitalization has dropped by 7 cases as compared to the previous 24-hours.
About 965 patients, who are severely sick, currently receiving medical treatment in intensive care units in hospitals.
These patients are among the 59, 779 confirmed active cases in the country.
Over the past 24-hours, health officials also reported the recovery of 1, 290 COVID patients. The figure has pushed the national recovery count to 181, 935.
Ethiopia recorded its first coronavirus infection on March 13, 2020. Since then, the country has confirmed a total of 245, 155 cases after conducting more than 2.51mln tests. Both the tallies are one of the highest in Africa.