Ethiopia’s COVID-19 cases surge to 3,521 as 176 more test positive


ADDIS ABABA, June 15 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 3,521 after 176 new COVID-19 positive cases were confirmed, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said on Monday.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health, in a statement issued on Monday, revealed that from the total of 5,636 medical tests that were conducted within the last 24-hours period, some 176 of them have been tested positive for COVID-19, eventually bringing the total number of cases in the country to 3,521 as of the stated period.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health further indicated that while 175 of the latest confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals, one other confirmed case was said to be a foreign national. From the total 176 new cases, 116 of them are males while the remaining 60 are females, with an age range between five to 90 years old.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health also said that 620 patients who were tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered from the virus as of Monday, in which 75 of the patients recovered during the past 24-hours period.

The ministry also disclosed that three COVID-19 patients succumbed to the disease on Monday, eventually bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the East African country to 60.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation with about 107 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13, and has so far conducted 181,349 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. Enditem


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