Ethiopia Records 160 New Covid-19 Cases over the Weekend

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has confirmed 160 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) infections over the weekend, pushing the national cases tally to nearly 177, 700, data from the Ministry of Health revealed.

The country tested a total of 8, 747 people in the past two days, or Saturday and Sunday, to identify the new positive cases.

In the same period, additional five Covid-19 patients have lost their lives due to the acute respiratory disease, according to the Ministry’s report.

The figure has pushed the national Covid-19 death toll to 4, 357, the latest report on Sunday.

Nationwide, there are 133 severely ill Covid-19 patients who are receiving treatment in medical centers, claims the report.

The confirmed active cases exceeded the 11, 000 mark over the weekend after the country recorded more new cases than recoveries in the past 48-hours.

Only 77 patients have recuperated from the respiratory disease, taking the recovery count 262, 314, Health officials confirmed.

Ethiopia reported its first Coronavirus infection on March 13, last year. To date, it has recorded 177, 694 cases after testing more than 2.95 million people.

The East African nation is currently conducting a nationwide immunization campaign as part of its effort to control the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the past 48-hours, the country vaccinated at least 23, 112 people against Covid-19.

According to the Ministry Health, a total of 2, 134, 954 vaccine doses have been offered since the start of the vaccination campaign.

Health officials launched the campaign on March 13 – a week after the country received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility.

Since then, the country also obtained 500, 000 doses of Covid-19 Sinopharm vaccine from China and additional 400, 000 from COVAX.