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Ethiopia's COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000 as 95 new cases confirmed

May 31st 2020 ยท 1 min read

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia's confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 1,063 after 95 new cases were confirmed on Saturday, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said on Saturday.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health, in a situation update statement issued on Saturday, revealed that from the total of 5,034 medical tests that were conducted in the last 24 hours, 95 of them tested positive for COVID-19, eventually bringing the total number of cases to 1,063 as of Saturday afternoon.

According to figures from the ministry, 94 of the latest confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals while the remaining one is said to be an Indian national, comprised of 71 males and 24 females and with their age ranging from 15 to 80 years old.

The ministry said that from the total of 95 new COVID-19 cases, some 30 are said to have travel history from abroad, 4 having contact with known confirmed cases, while the remaining 61 are said to have no travel history from abroad as well as without prior contact with known confirmed cases.

The ministry said that some 208 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have so far recovered from the virus, of whom some 11 of the patients recovered during the past 24-hours period.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health has previously reported eight deaths due to illnesses related to the COVID-19, in which the latest COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old man who succumbed to the disease on Friday, 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 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 curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

last updated: 2020-05-31@08:05