ADDIS ABABA – Ministry of health reported 22 people have died due to health complications linked to the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) on Monday, the highest death toll in a day in nearly four months.
The fresh fatalities is the highest the country has recorded in a single day since May 12, during which the ministry reported 27 Covid-19 deaths. The national death tally now stands at 4,785.
Ethiopia has also registered 1,190 new cases after testing as many as 6,679 people in the past twenty-four hours, according to health officials daily Covid-19 report for Monday.
Today’s figure has brought the national Covid-19 confirmed tally to 316, 176.
There are now 727 severely ill patients who are getting medical attention in hospitals, says the report which puts the national active cases count at 26, 492.
It also says as many as 904 patients have recuperated from the disease in the 24-hours period, bringing the recovery tally to 284, 895.
These data show cases are spreading despite constant warning to the public to stay vigilant against the disease, says Ethiopian Public Health Institute.
Again, the institute urged the public to observe social distancing, wear their masks, take vaccine and other health protocols put in place to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Vaccination drive picking up
The East African nation, as part of their response to control the pandemic, is pushing ahead with its national immunization campaign.
On Monday, the ministry reported more than 52, 000 people were vaccinated against Covid-19.
Ethiopia started vaccinating its citizens on March 13, 2021. Since then, it has administered a total of 2, 575, 687 Covid-19 vaccine doses to the public.
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