Covid-19: Ethiopia Reports 643 New Cases, 22 Deaths

ADDIS ABABA – The Ministry of Health on Thursdays reported 643 freshcases Covid-19, taking the confirmed cases tally in Ethiopia to a little over 460, 600.

The country tested more than 5,000 people in the last twenty-four hours to identify the latest positive infections, says the Ministry’s report.

A further 21 Covid-related deaths have also been recorded in the reported period.

The acute respiratory disease has so far claimed 7,212 lives in the country which reported its first Covid-related death on April 15, 2020.

Both the number of active and severe cases have dropped by 139 and 42 as compared to the previous day, respectively.

There are now 72, 714 confirmed active cases. At least 379 of them are severely sick and are now getting medical treatments in hospitals, the report indicates.

As many as 760 patients have also recuperated in the last 24-hours, bringing the recovery tally to 380, 674.

The East African nation confirmed its first Covid cases in March, 2020. Since then, it has reported 460, 602 infections after testing 4.28 million people.

As part of its efforts to control the spread of the pandemic, the government is currently offering the Covid vaccine to the public albeit at a smaller rate.

To date, the country has administered a total of 10,965,479 Covid vaccine doses, according to the ministry.

Close to 9.37 million Ethiopians have also been fully immunized during the vaccine drive that started on March 13, 2021.