Ethiopia records 432 new COVID-19 cases

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a mother for COVID-19 tests at a hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Ethiopia registered 432 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 266,264 as of Sunday evening, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

The ministry said 20 new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 3,996, the ministry said.

The East African country reported 700 more recoveries, taking the national count to 219,566.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, has so far reported the largest number of COVID-19 cases in the East Africa region.

According to the ministry, Ethiopia currently has 42,700 active COVID-19 cases, of whom 582 are said to be under severe health conditions.

Figures from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Ethiopia’s COVID-19 cases accounted for about 6 percent of Africa’s total confirmed cases.

Ethiopia is among the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 in Africa, following South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia.