COVID-19: Ethiopia Confirms 200 New Cases, One Death over the Weekend

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded a total of 200 more novel coronavirus (Covid-19) infections over the weekend, data from the Ministry of Health shows.

More than 10, 000 people have been tested for the coronavirus between Saturday and Sunday to identify the new positive cases.

The ministry also reported that only one patient has passed away due to Covid-19 related complications during the period.

The death, registered on Saturday, has taken the total number of Ethiopians who lost their lives due to the acute respiratory disease to 4, 343.. Ethiopia confirmed its first COVID-19 related death on April 15, 2020.

Currently, there are 122 severely sick patients who are receiving treatment in Covid-19 medical centers, says the latest report the ministry issued on Sunday.

The patients are among the 10, 737 confirmed active cases in Ethiopia, the ministry says.

Only 56 patients have recuperated in the past 48-hours after contracting the virus.

To date, Ethiopia – which confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 13 last year, has tested nearly 2.92mln people and identified 277, 071 infections. Nearly 262, 000 of them have already recovered, according to the Ministry.

Health authorities in the East African nation have also continued to push ahead with their immunization campaign over the weekend albeit at a smaller rate.

Ethiopia has inoculated 2, 740 people against Covid-19 in total on Saturday and Sunday, according to the ministry’s report.

As of Sunday evening, a total of 2, 058, 333 people have been vaccinated since the launch of the campaign.

The Ministry of Health started the vaccination campaign on March 13 – a week after they received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility. Ethiopia also obtained more than 500, 000 doses of Covid-19 Sinopharm vaccine from China.