Coronavirus: 132 New cases Reported as Ethiopia steps up vaccine drive

ADDIS ABABA – At least 132 more novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported in Ethiopia on Monday as health officials continue to step up their national vaccination drive.

The latest positive cases were confirmed from 5, 349 tests conducted in the past twenty-four hours, according to Ministry of health’s daily Covid-19 report.

Additional 11 Coronavirus-related deaths and 65 recoveries have also been registered in the same period, pushing the death toll to 6, 693 and recoveries count to 346, 942.

There are now 16, 695 confirmed active cases nationwide, of whom 241 are severely sick, the report shows.

The East African nation has so far confirmed 370, 332 Coronavirus infections after conducting more than 3.82 million tests.

– Spike in Vaccine offer –

As part of a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, health officials are intensifying the national vaccine drive since the launch of a two-week long campaign last week.

In the past twenty-four, more than 328, 000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been offered to the public nationwide, shows the report that puts the total doses administered in the country at 5, 786, 422.

Ethiopia started vaccinating its citizens on March 13, 2021. To date, more than 4.7 million people have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

The country, which is offering Johnson & Johnson, AstaraZeneca, Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccines, targets to inoculate as many as 22 million people in the coming two months.