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Ethiopia reports 19 deaths, 982 COVID-19 cases as total nears 30,000

Aug 17th 2020 ยท 1 min read
FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian health worker stands at a coronavirus testing station in Addis Ababa. Giulia Paravicini/Reuters
FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian health worker stands at a coronavirus testing station in Addis Ababa. Giulia Paravicini/Reuters

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health on Sunday reported 982 new confirmed COVID-19 cases pushing its countrywide total to 29,876 cases.

This figure is a significant decline from the 1,652 cases reported on Saturday. Ethiopia has reported more than 550 cases every day for at least the last one week.

The ministry also reported 19 additional deaths from the disease taking the nationwide tally to 528. The number of recoveries also rose to 12,359 after 322 new recoveries were recorded.

Ethiopia has so far tested just over 609,000 people and currently has just over 16,600 active cases.

Ethiopia remains marginally behind Kenya in terms of the country in Eastern Africa with the highest total number of COVID-19 cases. It, however, has recorded more deaths and slightly fewer recoveries.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that the government will launch a nationwide month long testing campaign which will determine the next steps it will undertake.

last updated: 2020-08-17@05:08