ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections tally reaches a little over 256, 000 after its health ministry reported 453 more cases on Friday.
The country identified the positive cases after testing 4, 270 people in the past twenty-four hours.
In its daily COVID-19 report, the Ministry of health said 13 more people have died due to the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus, pushing the national death toll to 3, 964.
Today’s report also shows a decrease in the number of hospitalizations for six consecutive days after the tally of severe cases dropped by 33 on Friday.
At least 620 seriously sick patients are currently receiving treatments in various COVID-19 medical facilities, according to the report.
They are among the 44, 077 confirmed active cases in Ethiopia.
In the past 24-hours, the ministry also reported 1, 636 patients have recuperated from the virus, bringing the national recovery count to 217, 370.
More People inoculated
Health officials have continued to administer more COVID-19 vaccines today as they push with their effort to control the deadly virus.
As of Friday evening, a total of 1, 436, 665 people have been vaccinated since the country launched COVID-19 vaccination campaign on March 13, 2021, according to the Ministry of health.
Experts believe the vaccine provides an effective tool to end the acute phase of the pandemic but health officials still urge the public to continue adhering to public health measures including wearing a face mask, to stop the spread of the virus and control the deadly pandemic.
The East African nation recorded its first coronavirus infection on March 13, 2020. Since then, it has confirmed a total of 256, 413 infections after conducting over 2.64mln medical tests.