ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has reported 497 new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 17 related deaths on Wednesday, data from the Ministry of health shows.
The East African nation conducted nearly 5, 000 medical tests to identify the positive cases in the past twenty-four hours.
In its COVID-19 report for the day, the ministry also confirmed the death of 17 Ethiopians in the same period due to health complications linked to the virus.
The figure has increased by four as compared to the preceding day.
A total of 4, 038 people have lost their lives due to the respiratory disease since the country reported a 60-year-old woman as its first citizen to die of the virus on April 4, 2020.
Unlike death figure, the number of severe cases has dropped by 34 today as the rate continues to drop for more than a week.
There are now 524 COVID-19 patients receiving medical treatment in intensive care units in the country, reveals the report which puts the national confirmed active cases at 40, 997.
In the past 24-hours, the ministry reported the recovery of 1, 109 patients after contracting coronavirus.
– More people vaccinated –
Health officials have continued to offer COVID-19 vaccine to the people as part of their nationwide campaign launched in mid-March.
Additional 16, 904 doses have been administered in the past 24-hours, taking the number of inoculated people to more than 1.5 million.
Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, reported its first case on March 13, 2020. Since then, it has conducted close to 2.67 tests and confirmed 267, 597 infections.
At least 222, 560 of these patients have already recovered from the deadly virus, according to today’s COVID-19 report.