Ethiopia Records 359 New Covid-19 Infections as Severe Cases Tally Drops

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has registered 359 more Covid-19 infections on Friday as the number of severe cases in the country drops below 400, data from the ministry of health reveals.

The country tested at least 7, 129 people to confirm the new positive cases in the past twenty-four hours, says the ministry in its daily Covid-19 report.

The Ministry has also reported eight more Coronavirus-induced deaths and 324 recoveries in the same period, taking the national death toll to 6, 517 and recoveries tally to 342, 562.

The report shows the number of severe cases has dropped by 20 as compared to the previous 24-hours period.

There are now 390 seriously sick Covid-19 patients getting medical treatment nationwide, says the report that puts the active total at 17, 702.

The East African nation identified its first Coronavirus case in March, last year. Since then, it has identified a total of 366, 783 infections after conducting nearly 3.73 million tests.

Immunization Push

Despite the drop in severe cases, Its health officials are still urging the public to observe the health protocols put in place to tackle the pandemic including wearing face masks as they continue to push ahead with the national immunization campaign.

The total number of doses provided to the public has surpassed a 5 million mark today. Of these, more than 43, 500 doses have been administered in the past 24-hours, according to the report.

Ethiopia began the vaccination drive on March 13, 2021 – a week after its health Ministry obtained 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the Covax Facility.

To date, it has inoculated a total of 3, 646, 808 people against the Covid-19. The ongoing national immunization push involves Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm vaccines and Pfizer.


Featured Image Caption: Ethiopian doctors attend training to use mechanical ventilators for Covid-19 patients in Addis Ababa on April 1, 2020. (Photo Michael Tewelde/AFP)