Covid-19: Ethiopia Reports 341 New Cases, 2 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 341 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and two related deaths on Saturday, data from the Ministry of Health shows.

In its daily report, the ministry said close to 5, 500 tests have been conducted to identify the positive infections in the past twenty-four hours.

The report also confirms that additional two patients have passed away due to the acute respiratory disease in the same period.

Today’s figure has brought the national death toll, registered since the start of the pandemic last year, to 4, 385.

According to the report, the severe case tally has dropped by 6 as compared to the previous day.

There are 223 severely ill patients receiving medical treatment in Covid hospitals.

The active case tally, on the other hand, rose on Saturday as the country continues to report less recovery cases than new ones.

Only 67 patients have recuperated from the respiratory disease, taking the recovery tally to 263, 500, the ministry says.

Ethiopia confirmed its first Coronavirus infection on March 13, last year. To date, it has recorded 260, 365 cases after conducting more than 3 million tests.

Despite a relatively few in number, the country has continued to provide vaccines against the Covid-19 disease on Saturday as part of its prevention effort.

Today’s report reveals at least 759 doses have been given during the 24-hours period, pushing the total number of doses administered in the country to 2, 217, 097.

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

The country also obtained additional 400, 000 AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX as well as 500, 000 doses of Sinopharm and 453, 600 doses of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccines from China and the United States, respectively.