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Ethiopia reports 245 new Coronavirus cases totaling 3k

Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 2,915 after 245 more new cases were confirmed on Friday.

Jun 12th 2020 · 1 min read
Cleaning staff disinfect a metro carriage in Addis Ababa .Ethiopia announced its first COVID-19 death Sunday.PHOTO/AFP
Cleaning staff disinfect a metro carriage in Addis Ababa .Ethiopia announced its first COVID-19 death Sunday.PHOTO/AFP

Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 2,915 after 245 more new cases were confirmed on Friday, the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health said.

The ministry revealed in a statement issued on Friday that from the total of 5,709 medical tests that were conducted within the last 24 hours, some 245 of them have been tested positive for COVID-19, eventually bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Horn of Africa country to 2,915.

According to figures from the ministry, 241 of the latest confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals, while the remaining four were said to be foreign nationals. The ministry also stressed that some 172 of the latest confirmed cases are males and 73 females, with an age range of 1 to 85.

The ministry also disclosed that seven more people succumbed to the disease on Friday, raising the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the East African country to 47.

According to figures from the ministry, some 17 more people who have been tested positive for COVID-19 recovered on Friday, bringing the total numbers of recoveries in the country to 451.

The East African country has so far conducted some 170,860 COVID-19 tests, according to the ministry.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation with about 107 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13. The Ethiopian government has since then instituted a wide range of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In April, the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, announced a five-month state of emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

last updated: 2020-06-12@18:06