Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 21

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Ethiopian Health Minister Dr Lia Tadesse./Photo courtesy of social media

The Ethiopia Ministry of Health on late Sunday reported two more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in the East African country to 21.

Ethiopian Health Minister Dr Lia Tadesse./Photo courtesy of social media

“The Ethiopian Public Health Institute conducted additional laboratory tests and two additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, making the total cases 21,” the Ethiopian Minister of Health, Lia Tadesse, disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday.

The two latest cases are said to be a 38-year-old male and 35-year-old female Ethiopians residing in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The two individuals were reported to have a history of travel to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates at different dates.

On early Sunday, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health had also disclosed three COVID-19 cases, in which the first of the three latest cases is said to be a 28-years-old female Ethiopian with travel history to Brussels, Belgium and Cameroon on March 17 and 19, respectively.

The other two cases were said to be a 14-years-old and a 48-years-old female who are members of a family who resides in Adama town, some 100-km from the capital Addis Ababa.

The two patients, who were under medical follow up since the confirmation of the close contact, had “history of close contact with a previously confirmed case,” it was noted.

Currently, there are 17 active COVID-19 cases in isolation and treatment center in the East African country with one of the patients receiving intensive care, in addition to the two cases that have been transferred to their country as well as one case that has recently recovered and kept in isolation as a precautionary measure.

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