ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 975 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on Friday, pushing the national confirmed case tally to more than 288, 000, the Ministry of health says.
At least 7,430 people have been tested to identify the latest positive cases in the past 24-hours , claims the ministry in its daily Covid-19 report.
The figure is the highest the ministry has reported in a day since April 30, during which the ministry confirmed 1, 024 infections out of 6,156 tests.
Eight more Covid patients have also died in the same period, taking the tally of fatalities to 4, 460, shows the report.
In the past three weeks, the number of active and severe cases are increasing at alarming rates, according to health officials.
In the past 24-hours alone, the number of active and severe cases have jumped by 505 and 22, respectively.
Ethiopia now has 18, 500 active cases. Of these, 375 patients are severely ill and are receiving medical treatment in hospitals, claims the report.
As many as 262 patients have also recuperated from the respiratory disease in the reported period, bringing the recovery count to 265, 197.
The East African nation recorded its first Coronavirus infection on March 13, last year. Since then, it has conducted more than 3.1mln tests to confirm a total of 288, 159 cases.
As part of its response to the pandemic, health officials are now engaged in a immunization campaign.
On Friday, at least 8, 580 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19, bringing the total doses offered in the country to a little over 2.3mln, according to today’s report.
The ministry of health launched its vaccination campaign on March 13 – a week after the country received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility.