ADDIS ABABA – A total of 19 patients have died in Ethiopia due to Covid-19 related health complications on Thursday, the ministry of health reported.
The ministry confirmed the death of 19 Ethiopians, the highest recorded in the past almost two weeks, in its daily Covid-19 report for the day.
A total of 4, 127 Ethiopians have lost their lives to the respiratory disease since the first coronavirus related death recorded in the country on April 15, last year.
Despite the increase in fatality, the number of severe cases continues to drop almost on a daily basis this month.
At least 443 seriously sick patients are currently getting treatment in various medical centers across the nation, today’s Covid-19 report shows.
Confirmed active cases tally is also dropping and reached 31, 972 as daily recovery tally continues to outnumber new infections.
The East African nation has recorded 347 new covid-19 cases after conducting more than 5000 medical tests in the past 24-hours.
In the same period, at least 1,210 patients have recuperated from the respiratory disease, pushing the recovery count to 234, 426.
The East African nation registered its first coronavirus case on March 13, 2020. Since then, it has confirmed 270, 527 cases after conducting more than 2.7mln tests.
Its total confirmed case tally is still one the highest in Africa prompting the government to take several measures such as making wearing face masks in public spaces mandatory while its health officials push on their vaccination campaign to control the pandemic.
Thursday’s report shows a total of 46, 172 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the past 24-hours, bringing the total number of vaccinated people to nearly 1.8 million.
The vaccination campaign was launched on March 13 – a week after the country received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility, the global initiative for equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines.