Ethiopia Reports 54 New Covid-19 Cases, 5 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 54 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) infections and five related deaths on Sunday, data from the Ministry of Health shows.

The East African nation confirmed the positive cases from the 3, 334 tests conducted in the past twenty-four hours.

Five more people have lost their lives to the acute respiratory disease caused by Coronavirus in the same period, bringing the death toll to 4, 314, the Ministry said in its Covid-19 report for the day.

Currently, there are 156 severely ill Covid-19 patients who are getting treatments in medical centers nationwide.

These patients are among the 12, 575 confirmed active cases in the country, the report shows.

The report also claims the recovery of at least  553 people  from the virus during the 24-hours period.

Health officials confirmed Ethiopia’s first Coronavirus infection on March 13, 2020.

Since then, the country has tested over 2.85mln people and identified 275, 935 cases. Of these, 259, 044 people have already recovered, according to Sunday’s report on the status Covid-19 in the country.

Despite at small rate, the ministry has also continued to push forward with immunization campaign as part its effort to control the pandemic.

According to the report, only 395 people have been been inoculated against Covid-19 on Sunday, pushing the total number of vaccinated Ethiopians nearly 1.99 million.

The vaccination campaign in Ethiopia began on March 13 – a week after the country obtained 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility. The country also received 500, 000 doses of Covid-19 Sinopharm vaccine from China.