ADDIS ABABA, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia registered 2,353 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 211,314 as of Friday evening, the country's health ministry said.
The ministry said 25 new deaths from the coronavirus were reported across the country during the same period, bringing the national death toll to 2,915.
The East African country reported 493 more recoveries, taking the national count of COVID-19 recoveries to 159,929.
Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous nation, has so far reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the East African region, and currently ranks fourth among African countries in terms of COVID-19 caseload.
The latest figures from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Ethiopia's COVID-19 cases accounted for about 5 percent of the African continent's total confirmed cases.
The East African nation has so far conducted 2,374,204 COVID-19 medical tests, including 9,017 tests in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said.
Ethiopia started COVID-19 vaccine jabs recently after the country received its first 2.2 million COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX, which is said to play a crucial role in the country's fight to stop the spread of the virus.
On Tuesday, Ethiopia received a batch of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government. Enditem