COVID-19: Ethiopia Records 159 New Cases, 5 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 159 more Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections on Sunday, taking the nationwide tally to more than 274, 000, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

In its daily Covid-19 report, the ministry said the new positive cases were identified after conducting 5, 158 tests in the past 24-hours.

The report also says the country recorded five Covid-19 deaths and 575 more recoveries from the respiratory disease.

These figures have pushed the national counts of deaths and recoveries to 4, 242 and 250, 664, respectively.

Nationwide, there are still 19, 279 confirmed active cases of Covid-19, a respiratory disease caused by Coronavirus.

Out of these patients, the report claims at least 250 are severely ill and are getting medical treatment in Covid medical centers.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country, has so far confirmed a total of 274, 187 cases after testing more than 2.78 million people since the onset of the pandemic.

Both tallies are among the highest recorded in Africa.

Speaking at a National COVID19 Research Summit today, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said the country is still in the Covid-19 pandemic which is taking lives daily.

“Prevention efforts should be intensified and become a norm, including making the Covid-19 vaccine accessible to at-risk populations,” he said.

Apart from making wearing facemasks in public mandatory, officials are administering Covid-19 vaccines starting mid-March as part of its effort to control the pandemic.

In the past 24-hours, more than 3, 400 people have offered Covid-19 vaccine in the ongoing nationwide immunization campaign.

As of Sunday evening, nearly 1.94 million people have been inoculated against the Covid-19.

Ethiopia received its first batch of 2.2 million doses of this vaccine from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility in March, 2021.


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