The Ethiopian Ministry of Health, in a statement issued on Friday, revealed that from the total of 5,414 medical tests that were conducted within the last 24 hours, 250 of them have been tested positive for COVID-19, eventually bringing the total number of cases in the country to 5,425 as of Friday afternoon.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Health further indicated that 240 of the latest confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals, while the other 10 patients were said to be foreign nationals. Among the latest 250 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases include a three-month-old child, it was noted.
Among the latest confirmed COVID-19 positive cases, some 177 of them were said to be in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, which is so far considered being the hotbed of COVID-19 infections in the East African country.
The ministry further said that 1,688 patients who were tested positive for COVID-19 have so far recovered from the virus, in which 144 of the patients recovered during the past 24-hours period.
The ministry said that eight more COVID-19 patients succumbed to the disease on Friday, eventually bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the East African country to 89.
Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation with about 107 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13, which has so far conducted about 237,464 COVID-19 medical tests.
Since then, 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 announced a five-month state of emergency to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.