Ethiopia Records 620 New COVID-19 cases, 21 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 620 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to over 258, 000.

Today’s Covid-19 report from the Ministry of Health shows more than 3, 600 tests have been conducted in the past twenty-four hours to identify the new positive cases.

The ministry also reported 21 new deaths from Covid-19 in the day, taking the national death toll to 3, 709.

On the same day, 1, 286 patients have recovered from the disease, taking the national count of Covid-19 recoveries to 200, 148.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, currently has 54, 203 confirmed active cases, with 912 of them severely ill.

The East African nation confirmed its first case on March 13, 2020. Since then, its health officials tested over 1.58mln people and confirmed a total of 258, 062 infections.

The cases are among the highest in Africa, pushing health officials to take various preventive measures including providing Covid-19 vaccines to the public.

As of Saturday evening, the country has inoculated 1, 134, 148 people, the ministry of health reported.

Ethiopia received its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines from COVAX, a WHO-led initiative aimed at providing more equitable access to vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, in mid March, 2021.