Ethiopia confirms COVID-19 cases exceeding 131,000

Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-19 10:06:30|Editor: huaxia

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ethiopia rose to 131,546 after 351 new cases were reported, the East African country's Ministry of Health said on Monday.

The ministry said that the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the country reached 2,033 as of Monday evening, including three new deaths reported during the last 24-hour period.

Some 116,335 COVID-19 patients have recovered so far, including 188 in the last 24-hour period, the ministry added.

It also said that 13,176 COVID-19 cases are active and 224 patients are in severe conditions.

Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous nation with about 107 million people, has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the east African region.

Ethiopia is the fifth country most affected by COVID-19 in Africa, after South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.

The government has been recently urging the public to implement COVID-19 precautionary measures so as to contain the spread of the virus.

The country has so far conducted 1,891,919 COVID-19 tests, including 4,980 during the past 24-hours period, according to the ministry. Enditem