Covid-19: Ethiopia Records 315 as Recovery Tally Nears 400,000

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has recorded 315 new Coronavirus infections on Wednesday as the number of recoveries from the respiratory disease nears 400, 000, a ministry of health reveals.

The new daily infections identified from 6,546 people tested in the past twenty-four hours pushes the confirmed Covid-19 cases tally to 465,792.

The report says as many as 498 patients have recuperated from Covid on the same day, bringing the recovery count to 399,519.

The country has also observed slight drops in severe and active cases.

There are now 248 seriously sick patients getting treatment, says the report. These patients are among 58, 925 confirmed active cases in the East Africa nation.

At least 3 Covid-induced fatalities have also been recorded in the reported period. The national Coronavirus-related death toll at 7,346, reports the ministry of health.

The ministry has continued to urge people to observe the Covid protocols put in place as officials become strict on the mandatory use of facemasks when using public transport and services.

It is also providing Covid vaccine to the public albeit at a small rate. Only 54 doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the past 24-hours, according to the ministry’s update for Wednesday.

Ethiopia launched its vaccine drive on March 13, 2021. Since then, it has administered a total of 10, 975, 180 doses. At least 9.37 Ethiopians have been fully vaccinated, the report shows.

Meanwhile, the East African nation has today received over 13 million doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine donation from six EU member states – France, Finland, Denmark, Greece, Italy and Sweden.

The donation was delivered through COVAX facility dose sharing mechanism.

“These new deliveries come in addition to the vaccines doses already donated by Germany and Portugal making the total donation 24,000,000 doses,” said Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse. “The EU has been pivotal in the mitigation of COVID-19 Pandemic in Ethiopia and we are very grateful for the continued support”.