Addis Ababa, August 22 (xinhua)–Ethiopia’s confirmed covid-19 cases reached 39,033 after 1, 368 news covid- 19 positive cases were confirmed on Saturday, the country’s Ministry of Health said.
The Ministry said in his statement that 24 more patients succumbed to illnesses related to Covid-19 pandemic, which brought the total number of Covid- 19 related deaths in East Africa country to 662.
According to the ministry, some 14,480 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 had recovered, including 567 in the last 24 hour period. The ministry added that a total of 23,889 covid- 19 patients are still undergoing medical treatment including 251 in severe condition.
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.
The country, however, has a far lower numbers of recoveries as compared to Kenya, the regions most affected country. Kenya has total number of 18, 453 recoveries so far, according to Mutahi Kagwe, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for health. the number of Covid-19 cases in the country reached 32,118 on Saturday, after 355 people tested positive to the deasese.
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa is currently the epicenter of the Covid- 19 pandemic accounting for about 70% of all confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to the ministry of Ethiopia confirmed its first case of Covid- 19 on March 13.
The East African country has so far conducted 736,904 Covid-19 medical tests including 19,776 medical tests during the last 24 hour period, according to the ministry. Amid the rapid spread of the virus in recent weeks, the government intensifying its mass Covid- 19 testing campaign. They are also mobilizing resources to ensure there is no shortage of laboratory materials and quarantine centers and boosting its covid-19 testing capacity at the border points with the neighboring countries.
According to figures from Africa CDC, Ethiopia, South Africa and Morocco are among the African countries that have conducted the highest numbers of covid-19 tests. Ethiopia has officially launched a nation wide month long testing campaign which the Ethiopian government said ” will determine the next steps to undertake in the new year’ starting on September 11.
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As the African country strengthened the fight against the covid- 19 pandemic, Chinese engagement has injected much needed momentum in Ethiopia’s anti- pandemic efforts. Earlier this month, Chinese technology and Social media giant Byte-dance donated 100,000 Covid- 19 testing kits in support of Ethiopia’s anti- Covid- 19 Pandemic efforts.