Ethiopia Sees Highest Daily Coronavirus-related Death toll in Two Months

ADDIS ABABA – Ministry of health said 13 people have died due to health complications linked to the novel Coronavirus on Thursday, the highest daily Covid-19 death total in two months.

The fresh fatalities is the highest the country has recorded in a single day since June 18, during which the ministry reported 14 Covid-19 deaths.

A total of 4,518 people have lost their lives to the acute respiratory disease since the first Covid-19 death registered in Ethiopia on April 15, 2020.

New, recovery Cases spike

The East African nation has also confirmed 928 new cases of Coronavirus cases, the daily Covid-19 report of the Ministry shows.

As many as 7,149 people have been tested to identify the latest positive infections in the past twenty-four hours.

There are now 462 severely ill patients who are hospitalized to get medical attention, says the report which puts the national active cases count at 21,419.

As many as 712 patients have also recuperated from the disease during the report period, according to the Ministry.

Ethiopia recorded its first Covid-19 cases in March, 2020. Since then, it has conducted over 3.14 million tests and confirmed a total of 292,731 infections. At least 266,792 of the infected people have already recuperated, the Ministry’s report indicates.

Health Officials, as part of their response to control the pandemic, are carrying out a national immunization campaign since mid March 2021.

At least 1,428 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 on Thursday, the report shows.

To date, the country has administered a total of 2,333,796 doses of COVID vaccines, mostly AstraZeneca.

Ethiopia launched its vaccination push on March 13 – a week after its health officials obtained 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses from the COVAX Facility.