Covid-19: Ethiopia Records 300 New Infections as Severe Cases Tally Drops

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 300 new novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) infections on Saturday as the number of severe cases continues to drop for three consecutive days.

The country confirmed the latest positive cases after testing 6, 424 people in the last twenty-four hours, says the ministry of health in its Covid-19 report.

Twelve more people have also lost their lives due to the acute respiratory disease in the reported period, taking the national death toll to 6, 613.

Data from the Ministry shows a slight but continuous drop in the number of severely ill patients in the last three consecutive days.

Dropping by 65 from what it was on Thursday, the severe case number has dropped bellow 300 and currently stands at 292.

They are among the 17, 703 confirmed active cases in the country, says today’s report.

It also confirms at least 215 patients have recuperated from the disease on Saturday, taking the recovery tally to 344, 328.

Ethiopia confirmed its first Covid-19 case in March, last year. Since then, it has identified abouy 368, 646 infections after conducting more than 3.77 million tests.

Its health officials are still strongly urging the public to observe the health protocols put in place to tackle the pandemic including wearing face masks.

They are also pushing ahead with the national immunization campaign albeit at slower rate.

On Thursday, about 2,216 doses of Covid-19 vaccine were offered to the public, reports the Ministry.

Health officials started the vaccination drive on March 13, 2021. To date, they have fully inoculated more than 3.67 million people against the Coronavirus and administered over 5 million doses of vaccine.