Ethiopia reports 878 new COVID-19 cases

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ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - DECEMBER 26: Ethiopians are seen on the street as some Ethiopians use masks to protect against the coronavirus (Covid-19), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Ethiopians are seen on the street using masks to protect against the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health on Thursday reported 878 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the national count to 156,112.

The ministry added that the COVID-19 death toll stood at 2,321, including five new fatalities recorded over the same period.

With 169 more recoveries from the disease registered, the nationwide tally reached 133,607, said the ministry.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic in Africa, after South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.

The Ethiopian government recently started a campaign to encourage face mask wearing in public as part of COVID-19 precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus.

The east African nation has so far conducted 2,114,618 COVID-19 tests, including 6,212 new tests over the last 24 hours, said the ministry.

Testing in Ethiopia is among the highest in Africa, following South Africa and Morocco, according to recent figures from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

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