Covid-19: Ethiopia Confirms 1, 282 New Cases, 14 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 1,282 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on Saturday, pushing the confirmed tally to more than 295, 000, the ministry of health reveals.

In its daily Covid report, the Ministry of Health claims more than 9,000 people have been tested in the past twenty-four hours to confirm the positive cases.

The new number of cases is the highest the country has reported in a single day since April 25, during which it confirmed 1, 324 infections after testing 6, 300 people.

A further 14 people have also died in the reported period due the acute respiratory diseases, taking the national death toll to 4,553.

The number of people who lost on Saturday is the highest daily death toll since May 27, although a similar number of people lost their lives to the virus on June 18, 2021

Currently, there are 478 severely sick Covid-19 patients receiving medical attention in hospitals, shows the report which puts the national confirmed active cases tally at 22,212.

As many as 845 patients have recuperated from the disease on Saturday, one of the highest the ministry has reported in the recent weeks.

Ethiopia has conducted nearly 3.16 million tests to confirm 295,019 infections. About 268, 252 of the infected people have already recovered.

As part of an effort to control the pandemic, the country is pushing ahead with its immunization campaign.

On Saturday, the report shows only 323 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19, bringing the total number of vaccine doses offered to 2,335,071.

Ethiopia launched the vaccination campaign on March 13 – a week after they received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility.