Ethiopia Reports 454 More COVID-19 Cases, 13 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ministry of health has reported 454 new cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on Tuesday, taking Ethiopia’s confirmed case tally to more than 267, 000.

Over 5000 people have been tested on the day to identify the latest positive cases, according to the ministry’s covid-19 daily report.

At least 13 people have died due to Covid-19 related health complications on the day, the Ministry reported.

The figure brought the number of Ethiopians who lost their lives due to the virus to 4, 021.

Tuesday’s report also shows the drop in the rate of hospitalizations for nine successive days in Ethiopia.

The country currently has 558 severely ill patients who are getting medical treatment in intensive care units across the nation, according to the report.

It also confirms the recovery of 809 patients from the respiratory disease, bringing the national recovery tally to 221, 451.

Despite the increase in severely ill patients and recoveries, Ethiopia remains one of the most affected countries in Africa.

This week, the National COVID19 Task Force officially started a movement to “Revitalize focused response to COVID-19” to curb the current spread of COVID19 in the country.

The movement will focus on strengthening multi-sectoral responses, improving community risk perception and law enforcement of guidelines, increasing access to COVID19 intensive care, increasing testing capacity and immunization coverage.

Health officials are also pushing their vaccination campaign.

As of Tuesday evening, they have inoculated 1, 484, 820 people with the Covid-19 vaccine.

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 March, this year.

Health officials confirmed Ethiopia’s first coronavirus case on March 13, 2020. Since then, they confirmed 267, 100 infections after conducting more than 2.66 medical tests.