COVID-19: Ethiopia Reports 112 New Cases, 7 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 112 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) infections on Saturday, pushing the national confirmed cases tally to nearly 276, 000, the Ministry of Health said.

The East African nation identified the new cases from the 5, 307 people tested for the virus in the past twenty-four hours.

In a daily Covid-19 report on the day, the ministry also indicated the death of seven people and the recovery of 288 more patients from the acute respiratory disease, bringing the national death toll to 4,309 and the total recoveries to 258,491, respectively.

There are now 13, 079 active cases in Ethiopia. Of these patients, 164 are severely sick and are receiving treatments in Covid-19 medical centers across the nation.

The East African nation identified its first Coronavirus case on March 13, last year. Since then, it has conducted more than 2.85mln tests nationwide and confirmed 275, 881 infections.

The case tally puts the country among the African nation hardest hit by Covid-19, following South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia.

In a bid to control the pandemic, health officials are carrying out a nationwide vaccination campaign starting from early March 2021.

On Saturday, only 567 Ethiopians offered the vaccination against Covid-19, a respiratory disease caused by Coronavirus.

The number has increased the total number of people who have been inoculated during the campaign period so far, to nearly 1.99 million.

Ethiopia started vaccinating its citizens on March 13 – a week after it received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility. The country also received 500, 000 doses of Covid-19 Sinopharm vaccine from the government of China.

Officials are now expecting to get 400, 000 from COVAX soon as they plan to administer the second round of the vaccines.