ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections tally surpassed a quarter of a million after its health ministry reported 1, 244 new cases on Wednesday.
The Ministry identified the positive cases after conducting nearly 7, 100 tests in the past twenty-four hours.
In a daily COVID-19 report, health officials said 34 more people have died due to the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. The latest figure has pushed the death toll in the country to 3, 639.
The report also shows a decrease in the number of hospitalizations in the past 24-hours as compared to the previous day.
At least 940 severely sick patients are currently getting medical treatment in intensive care units, says the report that puts the number of confirmed active cases at 55, 223.
During the same period, health officials also reported 877 Covid-19 patients have regained their health, taking the national recovery count to 196, 424.
The East African nation recorded its first coronavirus infection on March 13, 2020. Since then, the country has confirmed a total of 255, 288 cases after conducting close to 2.57mln tests. Both the tallies are one of the highest in Africa.
As part of its prevention measures, Ethiopia started COVID-19 inoculation last month after receiving the first 2.2 million vaccines from COVAX Facility.
Its Ministry of Health said, as of Wednesday a total of 1, 071, 485 people have been vaccinated after health officials launched COVID-19 vaccination campaign with inoculation of frontline health workers on March 13, 2021.
Health officials believe the vaccine provides an effective tool to end the acute phase of the pandemic but repeatedly urges the public to continue adhering to public health measures to stop the spread of the virus to achieve the best possible outcome controlling the pandemic.