Covid-19: Ethiopia Reports 72 More Cases, 1 Death

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 72 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and one related death on Friday, its Ministry of Health reported.

The country tested at least 6, 357 people, the highest conducted in a day since the start of July, to identify the new positive cases in the past twenty-four hours.

In a report today, the ministry said one patient has died due to the acute respiratory disease on the same day, bringing the death toll to 4, 342.

Currently, there are 126 severely sick Covid-19 patients who are receiving treatments in medical centers nationwide, says the report that puts country’s confirmed active cases at 10, 597.

In the past 24-hours, the report notes additional 116 patients of the respiratory disease have recuperated.

Health officials confirmed Ethiopia’s first Coronavirus infection on March 13, 2020. Since then, they have tested close to 2.91mln people and identified 276, 871 cases.

Of these, 261, 933 people have already recovered, according to today’s report.

Only 467 people have received the Covid-19 vaccines on Friday, as the country goes ahead with its vaccination campaign albeit at a smaller rate.

As of Friday evening, a total of 2, 055, 593 Ethiopians have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the report claims.

The immunization 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.

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