COVID-19: Ethiopia Records 869 New Cases, 32 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 869 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 32 related deaths on Sunday as its Health Minister, Dr. Lia Tadesse, urged the public to stay vigilant against Covid-19.

In its daily Covid-19 report, the ministry of Health says the country conducted a total of 6, 076 tests to identify the latest positive cases in the last twenty four hours.

The report shows today’s case figure, which has brought the national confirmed tally to 341, 715, is more than the patients recovered in the same period, causing the active case tally to rise.

Only 539 patients have recuperated from the acute respiratory disease in the reported period, bringing country’s recovery count to 308, 395.

There are now 27, 916 active cases. Of which, 798 patients are severely ill, the report claims.

‘Be vigilant’

Health Minister Dr. Lia is particularly worried with the alarming rise in the number of fatalities linked to the virus.

In the past 24-hours alone, about 32 people have passed away due to Covid-19, pushing the death toll to 5, 401, according to the report.

“Please stay safe by observing the health protocols put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” Dr Lia urged the public. The safety protocols include wearing face masks, practice social distancing and proper hand washing.

Dr. Lia also strongly advised Ethiopians to take the Covid-19 vaccine made available in health centers to protect themselves and their loved ones.

The ministry is currently carrying out a national immunization campaign as part of its stop the pandemic.

More than 29, 100 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered on Sunday, today’s report shows.

The East African nation started to inoculate its citizens on March 13, 2021. To date, it has vaccinated a total of 2, 776, 985 people against Covid-19.