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