ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian Ministry of Health on Thursday disclosed that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 62,578 as Ethiopians are ready to mark the arrival of the unique Ethiopian New Year on Friday amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 62,578, after 878 new cases were reported on Thursday, the ministry said. According to the ministry, the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the East African country rose to 974.
The ministry said that some 23,640 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 had recovered, including 586 in the last 24-hour period.
According to the ministry, a total of 37,962 COVID-19 patients are still undergoing medical treatment, including 330 in severe condition.
This year, the East African country will mark Enkutatash amidst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Year celebrations are often colorful in Ethiopia. The New Year brings an extended family together to attend a series of events, including slaughtering of cattle, either a sheep, goat or cow, depending on a household’s financial condition. Often, a community or a village will pool money to slaughter a cow, while each household can choose to slaughter a less expensive sheep.
The East African country officially launched a nationwide month-long testing campaign on early August, which the Ethiopian government said “will determine the next steps to undertake in the new year.”
Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation with about 107 million people has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the East Africa region.
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa is currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic accounting for more than 60 percent of all confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the ministry.
Ethiopia confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13. Enditem