ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 873 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 10 related deaths on Wednesday, data from the Ministry of Health shows.
In its daily Covid-19 report, the Ministry said nearly 6, 800 tests have been conducted in the past twenty-four hours to identify the positive infections.
Today’s fresh case tally is the second highest the ministry has reported in a day since May 30, 2021.
The country has also registered a similar number of Covid-19 deaths for two consecutive days.
The ministry confirms that 10 people have died due to the acute respiratory disease on Wednesday, pushing the national death toll to 4,450.
Ethiopian Public Health Institute described the recent rise both in the number of new cases and fatalities as shocking and said it may be a sign that the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic beginning in the country.
Its Health experts are now urging the public to observe preventive measures including “proper hand hygiene, face mask use and physical distancing” and receiving Covid-19 vaccines.
Currently, there are 342 severely ill Covid-19 patients nationwide, says today’s ministry of health report which puts confirmed active cases at 16,962.
The report further says about 74 patients have recuperated from the disease in the 24-hours period.
Ethiopia confirmed its first Coronavirus case on March 13, 2020. Since then, it has conducted close to 3.09 million tests to confirm 286,286 infections.
About 264, 872 of the infected people have already recovered, according to the ministry’s report.
The Ministry also confirms that the country continued to push ahead with its immunization campaign on Wednesday during which a total of 6,146 people were vaccinated.
The figure has brought the total number doses provided to the public in the country to close to 2.3mln, according to the report.
Health officials launched the national vaccination campaign on March 13 – a week after they received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility.