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Ethiopia records highest daily increase as 399 new COVID-19 cases confirmed

by Xinhua Jun 21st 2020 · 1 min read

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia's confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 4,469 after 399 new COVID-19 positive cases were confirmed on Saturday, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said. This is so far the highest daily increase in the Horn of Africa country.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health, in a statement issued on Saturday, revealed that from the total of 4,848 medical tests that were conducted within the last 24 hours, some 399 of them have been tested positive for COVID-19, eventually bringing the total number of cases in the country to 4,469.

The ministry further indicated that 398 of the latest confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals and the other patient is said to be a foreign national, with an age range of four to 85. A total of 1,122 patients who were tested positive for COVID-19 have so far recovered from the virus, in which 95 of the patients recovered during the past 24-hours period, it said.

The ministry had previously disclosed that the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the East African country has reached 72.

Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous nation with about 107 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13, which has so far conducted about 211,871 COVID-19 medical tests.

The Ethiopian government has instituted a wide range of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. In April, the Ethiopian House of People's Representatives announced a five-month state of emergency to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

last updated: 2020-06-21@02:06