Ethiopia Confirms 687 More Covid-19 Cases, 3 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 687 novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and three related deaths on Thursday, reports the Ministry of Health.

Close to 7, 600 tests have been conducted to identify the positive cases in the past twenty-four hours, shows the Ministry’s Covid update for the day.

Both the number of new cases and the test conducted are the highest the country has reported in the past recent three months.

Additional three patients have also died due to the acute respiratory disease in the day, bringing the national death toll to 4, 406, reveals the report.

Unlike the new infections, the number of severe cases has reduced by 28 as compared to the previous day.

There are 270 severely ill patients currently receiving medical treatment in Covid hospitals, claims the report, which puts the confirmed active case tally at 13, 925.

The same report says a total of 157 people have recuperated from the disease, raking the recovery count to 264, 165.

Ethiopia registered its first Coronavirus infection on March 13, last year. Since then, it has confirmed 282, 498 cases after testing nearly 3.05 million people.

As part of its response to the pandemic, health officials are stepping up their immunization push on Thursday.

At least 3, 377 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the past 24-hours, reports the ministry.

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

To date, the ministry of health has offered more than 2,5 million vaccine doses to Ethiopians.