COVID-19: Ethiopia Confirms 159 New Cases, 8 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 159 more coronavirus (Covid-19) infections on Monday, its ministry of health reported.

The East African nation conducted nearly 5, 000 medical tests in the past twenty-four to identify the positive cases.

Today’s Covid-19 report of the Ministry also claims eight people have passed away on the same period due to health complications linked to the virus, pushing the Covid-19 death toll to 4, 250.

There are now 18, 987 confirmed active cases nationwide, the report says, adding, 238 Covid-19 patients of them are severely ill and have been hospitalized.

Health officials also reported the recovery of 443 Covid-19 patients, pushing the national recovery tally to 251, 107.

The East African nation recorded its first coronavirus infection on March 13, 2020. Since then, it has conducted over 2.79 million medical tests and confirmed 274, 346 infections.

The tally put the country among the countries hardest hit by the pandemic in Africa, following South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia, according to reports.

Officials are taking various measures to tackle the pandemic including administering Covid-19 vaccines albeit at a small rate.

In the past 24-hours alone, the country has managed to immunize more than 8, 100 its citizens against Covid-19.

As of Monday evening, nearly 1.95 million people have been vaccinated in Ethiopia where health officials launched the vaccination campaign in March, 2021.