Ethiopia Reports 896 New Covid-19 Cases, Highest Daily Rise Since April 30

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 896 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and two related deaths on Thursday, data from the Ministry of Health reveals.

The country tested 7,420 people to confirm the latest cases in the past twenty-four hours, shows the ministry’s daily Covid-19 report.

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

Unlike the new cases, the rate of fatalities has dropped today in Ethiopia that witnessed 10 Covid-19 deaths consequently in the previous two days.

According to the report, two patients have lost their lives due to the acute respiratory disease on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 4, 452.

Currently, there are 353 severely ill Covid patients receiving medical treatment in hospitals, claims the Ministry’s report.

The report says as many as 63 patients have recuperated from the respiratory disease in the past 24-hours, taking the recovery count to 264, 935.

Less daily recoveries and the rise in the new infections have pushed the current active case tally to 17, 795.

To date, Ethiopia, which recorded its first Coronavirus infection on March 13, last year. Has confirmed over 287, 184 cases after conducting nearly 3.1mln tests.

As part of its response to the pandemic, the country is currently engaged in a immunization campaign.

The number of vaccine doses provided to Ethiopia has now reached over 2.3 million after more than 5, 000 people received the Covid-19 vaccine in the past 24-hours, according to the ministry of health.

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