Number of coronavirus in Ethiopia jumps to 398

The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) infected people in Ethiopia jumps to 398 after the country reported nine new cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said.

The country has reported nine new infected people after conducting laboratory test for a total of 3,747 suspected people most of whom were in quarantines. All the nine new patients of COVID-19 are Ethiopians of which 8 are male. Three of them are from Addis Ababa, two from Afar Region, two from Amhara region, one from Tigray and one from the Somali region.

Five of the nine new infected people have international travel history, while two other had previous contacts with coronavirus patients. The remaining two had no international travel history or direct contact with COVID-patients, according to the Ministry’s daily COVID-19 report.

Out of the total 398 confirmed cases in Ethiopia 123 have recovered including one today. Five COVID-19 patients have also died in Ethiopia so far.
Currently 268 are getting treatment while two Japanese COVID-19 positive have returned back to their country. Currently no one in in intensive care unit (ICU), according to the Ministry’s report. So far 69,507 coronavirus laboratory tests are conducted in Ethiopia, according to the report.

In Africa as of May 20, 2020, the total number of infected people by the global pandemic has reached 92,348. Out of this 2,918 have died and 36,117 have recovered, according to Africa Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC) daily update. Among the top hit African countries by the global pandemic are Egypt and Algeria with over 1,240 lives together. Egypt has lost 680 lives by the pandemic, while 568 people have died from COVID-19.

South Africa has also lost 339 lives, while Nigeria has reported 200 deaths followed by Morocco with 196 deaths and Cameroon 146 deaths. Sudan has also lost 121 and Somalia has also lost 61 lives by the global pandemic. The pandemic claims lives of 328,565 across the world so far infecting over 5,019,676, according to Johns Hopkins data.