ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has continued to record more daily recoveries from COVID-19 than new infections amid surge in the number of severe cases, Ministry of Health’s statistics show.
In its COVID-19 daily report Sunday, the Ministry claims at least 2,734 patients have recuperated from the deadly respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.
The figure has pushed the national recovery count to 192, 747 , the report shows.
The country has also registered 1, 324 new infections after conducting nearly 6, 300 medical tests in the past twenty-four hours.
in the same period, The number of hospitalization has surpassed 1000 mark for the first time since Wednesday.
About 1010 severely ill COVID-19 patients are getting medical treatment in intensive care units across the nation, according to the Ministry’s report. They are among the 55, 979 confirmed active cases in the country.
In the 24-hours period, health officials confirmed that 20 people have died due to complications related to COVID-19, bringing the national death toll to 3, 551.
Nuria Yesuf, Director of Women, Children and Youth at the Ethiopian Institute of Public Health, is among those who lost their lives due to the virus.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mrs. Nuria,” Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse said, adding that “she was recognized for her outstanding leadership in the health sector in 2020”.
“I would like to express my deepest condolences to her family and colleagues,” said the minister, who earlier today urged the public to observe health guideline to protect their themselves and their loved ones from the disease.
The East African nation recorded its first COVID-19 infections on March 13, last year. To date, its health officials recorded 252, 279 cases after conducting more than 2.55mln medical tests.
Both tallies of tests conducted and cases confirmed are among highest in the continent.