Covid-19: Ethiopia Records 620 New Infections, 17 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 620 more novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on Friday, pushing the total to 361, 647.

The east African nation confirmed the latest positive cases after conducting a total of 7, 292 tests in the last twenty-four hours, says the ministry of Health in its Covid-19 report for the day.

Additional 17 people have also died due to the acute respiratory disease in the same period.
The national death toll now stands at 6,333, the report says.

More Recovery reported  

Currently, there are 22, 830 confirmed active cases nationwide. Of which, the report says 512 patients are seriously sick, and are receiving medical treatment in Covid-19 centers.

It also says as many as 1, 215 patients have regained their health in the reported period, taking the national recovery tally to 332, 482.

Health officials are still urging the public to observe the health protocols put in place including wearing face masks, social distancing and proper hand washing while pushing ahead with its national immunization campaign.

Vaccination drive

In the past 24-hours, the country offered 98,389 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to the public, reveals data from the Ministry of health, as the total doses administered in the country so far reaches close to 4.27 million.

Ethiopia started vaccinating its nationals on March 13, 2021 – a week after its health officials obtained 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the Covax Facility.

Since then, more than 3.2 million Ethiopians have been fully vaccinated.

Apart from AstraZeneca, the ongoing vaccination drive involves a range of vaccines including a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well as Sinopharm.