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Ethiopia’s Covid-19 Death Toll Surpasses 6, 000

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has surpassed the grim landmark of 6,000 Covid-19 deaths after 36 more patients died on Monday.

The country’s tally of fatalities now stands at 6, 026, more than a year and a half after the first Covid-19 death recorded,  reveals today’s Ministry of health report.

Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse on Saturday said the possibility of death is high among those who have not yet vaccinated against the virus.

A survey conducted between mid-June and mid-August has confirmed that almost all the fatalities reported were people unvaccinated.

Currently, there are 735 severely sick patients getting treatment in ICUs, says the report which puts the current active case tally at 14, 523.



Recovery outnumbers new cases

Ethiopa has also recorded 525 new cases on Monday after testing 5, 727 people in the past twenty-four hours, the report shows.

It also says at least 945 patients have also recuperated from the acute respiratory disease in the same period, bringing the national recovery tally to 324, 450.

To date, Ethiopia has conducted nearly 3.56 million tests and identified a total of 355, 001 infections. As many as 324, 450 of the infected people have already recovered from the disease.

Vaccination

Health officials are urging the public to take the covid-19 vaccine shot and protect themselves as well as their loved ones from the deadly disease.

In the last 24-hours, a total of 20, 287 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been offered to the public, today’s report shows.

Ethiopia started its vaccination drive on March 13, 2021. To date, it has vaccinated more than 2.97 million people against the virus.