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Ethiopia’s COVID-19 tally surpasses 1,805 as record 169 new cases confirmed

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Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 1,805 after 169 new cases were confirmed on Friday, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said.

This has been the highest daily increase in Ethiopia, which reported its first confirmed case on March 13,

A total of 5,798 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours and 169 tested positive, the ministry said in a statement.

One of the 169 new cases, 111 males and 58 females aged between 1 and 79, is an American citizen; the others are Ethiopian nationals, the statement said.

The ministry said 262 patients who were tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered, 12 of them in the past 24 hours.

A 35-year-old Ethiopian woman succumbed to the disease on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the east African country to 19.

In April, the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, the lower house of parliament, announced a five-month state of emergency to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Africa‘s second most populous nation, which has a population of about 107 million.

(XINHUA)

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