Ethiopia Records Highest Daily Covid-19 Cases since April 30

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 882 fresh cases of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Tuesday, pushing the national confirmed case tally to more than 285, 400, says the ministry of health report.

Health officials identified the new positive cases after testing a total of 7, 518 people in the past twenty-four hours, says the report.

Today’s case tally is the highest Ethiopia has recorded in a day since April 30, during which the ministry confirmed 1, 024 infections out of 6,156 tests.

In the same period, the report says the country has also registered 10 Covid-19 deaths, the highest daily total since June 18, 2021.

At least 4,440 Ethiopians lost their lives to the acute respiratory disease since the first Covid-19 patient died on April 15, 2020.

Third wave?

In its weekly bulletin published earlier today, Ethiopian Public Health Institute says the daily count of Covid-19 cases and deaths are showing “alarming increment” in Ethiopia in the past few weeks.

These could be signs that the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic is beginning in Ethiopia, the government Institute claims.

“There are signs that a third wave may occur due to poor adherence to PHSM (public health and Social measures) in the community as well as the improper implementation of the Covid prevention and control measures,” it says.

Health experts at the Institute urged the public to observe the public health measures including “proper hand hygiene, face mask use and physical distancing” in addition to vaccination against Covid-19.

There are now 16,173 confirmed active cases, of whom 324 are severely sick, according to the Health Ministry’s report for Tuesday.

As many as 125 patients have recovered from the viral disease in the reported period, taking the recovery count to 264,798, the ministry adds.

Vaccination continues

Ethiopia, which confirmed its first case on March 13 last year, conducted more than 3.08 million tests to identify a total of 285, 413 infections.

As part of its response to tackle the pandemic, country is currently carrying out a national immunization campaign.

A total of 5,233 people have been vaccinated against the Covid-19 in the past twenty-four hours, according to the ministry of Health.

To date, over 2.29 million vaccine doses, mostly AstraZeneca, have been provided to the public.

The East African country launched its vaccination push on March 13 – a week after its health officials received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility.