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Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 700

Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 701 after 46 more patients were confirmed, the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to figures from FMoH, the 46 new COVID-19 cases consist of 45 Ethiopians and one foreign national.

The ministry said that eight more patients who tested positive for COVID-19 recovered on Tuesday, raising the total numbers of recoveries to 167.

The ministry also disclosed a 32-year-old Ethiopian national succumbed to the disease on Tuesday, raising the number of COVID-19 deaths to six.

Cleaning staff disinfect a metro carriage in Addis Ababa .Ethiopia announced its first COVID-19 death Sunday.PHOTO/AFP

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. Read more...


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