Ethiopia Records 14 Deaths linked to Coronavirus

ADDIS ABABA – At least fourteen Ethiopians have passed away on Friday due to health complications related to the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), a report from Ministry of health claims.

The figure is the highest the country has recorded in a single day since May 27.

In its Covid-19 report, the Ministry says the severe acute respiratory disease has claimed the lives of 4, 276 people in Ethiopia since the country registered its first Covid-19 death on April 15, last year.

Despite a spike in daily death toll, the report shows the number of new infections reported on Friday remains relatively low.

According to the Ministry, 124 more Covid-19 infections have been identified in the nation after 5, 594 people tested for the virus in the past twenty-four.

Currently, there are 228 severely ill Covid-19 patients who are receiving medical treatment in various hospitals. The patients are among 16, 987 confirmed active cases in the country, the Ministry claims.

Its report also shows at least 439 people have recuperated from the respiratory disease during the 24-hours period, pushing the national recovery count to 253, 634.

Ethiopia identified its first coronavirus case on March 13, last year. Since It then, it has confirmed 274, 899 cases after conducting over 2.81mln tests nationwide.

The country continued to immunize its citizens with the help of its vaccination campaign on Friday.

In the 24-hours period alone, health officials inoculated at least 10, 471 people against Covid-19, taking the tally of vaccinated people to 1, 974, 471, according to the Covid-19 report.

The country started vaccinating its citizens on March 13 – a week after it received first round 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility.

Officials are now expecting to get 400, 000 more doses of vaccine from COVAX soon as they plan to administer the second round of their immunization campaign.