Ethiopia reports 1,483 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)

Ethiopia registered 1,483 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the nationwide tally to 174,054, the country’s Ministry of Health said.

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)

The ministry said 30 new deaths were reported across the country, bringing the national death toll to 2,540.

Ethiopia has so far reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the East African region.

The latest figures from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Ethiopia’s cases accounted for about four percent of the African continent’s total.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia on Saturday officially started the COVID-19 vaccination rollout a week after receiving its first 2.2 million COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX, an international vaccine campaign co-led by the World Health Organization and its partners.

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