ADDIS ABABA - The Ethiopian Ministry of Health on Tuesday said the total number of confirmed cases in the East African country rose to 126,241 after 322 new cases of COVID-19 were reported. The ministry said that the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the country reached 1,963 as of Tuesday evening, including 13 new COVID-19 related deaths reported during the last 24-hour period. The ministry further said that some 112,813 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 had recovered, including 203 in the last 24-hour period. It also said that some 11,463 of the total reported COVID-19 cases were active cases, of which 245 of the patients were said to be in severe condition.
Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous nation with about 107 million people, has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the east African region. Ethiopia is the fifth-most COVID-19 affected country in the African continent, after South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia.
The Ethiopian government has been urging the public to implement COVID-19 precautionary measures so as to contain the spread of the virus. "As COVID-19 cases continue to surge and our intensive care units operate at maximum capacity, it is imperative that we do not lose sight of precautionary measures," Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.