ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has stepped up its Covid-18 vaccination campaign amid an increase in the number of severe cases and one related fatality on Monday.
In its COVID-19 daily report, the Ministry of Health has logged 521 new cases from over 3, 600 tests conducted in the last twenty-four hours, bringing the nation’s confirmed tally to 479,484.
Only 147 patients have recuperated from the respiratory illness in the same period, says the report that puts the recovery count at 456, 688.
The report also says thirteen COVID-19 patients have also been admitted to the hospital after they become seriously sick. A total of 33 severely ill patients are getting medical treatment in intensive care units.
The patients are among over 15, 000 confirmed active cases in the country, according to the Ministry’s report.
The country has also confirmed the first fatality in five days after a patient succumbed to Covid-19 today. The national death toll currently stands at 7,517.
Health experts are still advising the public to be vigilant and follow the Covid protocols including wearing facemasks when in crowded places. They are also urging the public to get the vaccine shots to keep themselves and their loved ones safe as the nation steps up its immunization.
More than 5.3 million doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered nationwide in the past 24-hours, says Monday’s report.
It also says the number of fully vaccinated people has also increased by 4.2 million to more than 33.4 million
Ethiopia, which offered the first vaccine to its citizens in March 2021, has administered more than 40.7 million doses of the vaccine, to date.
“I urge all 12 years and older, to take the vaccine and those who passed 6 months after vaccination to take a booster dose and protect themselves and the community,” said health minister Dr. Lia Tadesse while launching the third round of the ongoing vaccination campaign last Friday.