ADDIS ABABA – Confirmed COVID-19 infections tally in Ethiopia has surpassed 270, 000 mark after its health officials confirmed 136 new cases on Saturday.
The East african nation tested more than 2.78 million people – one of the highest in Africa – to confirm the total cases which is now 275, 028.
The figure has put Ethiopia among the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 on the continent, followed by South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia.
In its daily report, the ministry of health also reported the death of two people on Saturday due to health complications linked to Covid-19.
Dropping Severe Cases
To date, 4, 237 Ethiopians have lost their lives to the respiratory disease since it recorded the first Covid-19 death on April 15, last year.
The ministry also claimed an additional 618 people recuperated from the disease caused by Coronavirus, taking the recovery count to 250,089.
This has led to a drop in severe cases below 20, 000 mark for the first time in months. Ethiopia currently has 19,700 active COVID-19 cases, with 260 of them considered serious.
Health officials have also continued to immunize its citizens on the day.
The country administered a little more than 4, 000 people against Covid-19 within 24-hours, bringing the total number of vaccinated people to 1, 936, 566.
The vaccination campaign in Ethiopia began on March 13 – a week after the country received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility.