Ethiopia Reports First Death Due to COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-reports-first-deathApril 5, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Public Health Institute on Sunday reported the country's first death due to deadly coronavirus.

The fatality comes as Ethiopia reports five additional cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 43.

The latest patients are three Ethiopians, an Eritrean and Libyan nationals.

The 60 year old Ethiopian deceased has been in a treatment center where she was in critical health condition after she was diagnosed for the virus on March 31, 2020.

Prior to the death report, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in a video message, urged the citizens to be responsible and follow the directives of the health professionals as the government battles against the coronavirus pandemic.

It is impossible to introduce “stay indoor” directive and total suspension of human movements in the case of Ethiopia as such decisions would affect the lives of the majority Ethiopians whose livelihoods depend on daily income.

He urged fellow citizens to share meals for those people who cannot make their daily bread due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health is to conduct house to house health check against COVID-19 in selected districts of major cities where confirmed cases of the virus were reported.

The health check will be conducted by the health extension workers in Addis Ababa, Dahir Dar, Adama, and Dire Dawa cities and those who show the signs of the disease will be quarantined, Director of the Health Extensions program within the ministry Temesgen Ayehu said

The necessary preparations are in place to conduct door to door health checks which will be carried out jointly by the Ministry, concerned stakeholders and in this way the spread of the virus can be contained, he said.

The latest confirmed cases are out of the 59 samples tested over the past 24 hours.

According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, the country has reported four recoveries including the 85-year-old Ethiopian woman, who was previously reported to have been in a critical condition.

According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, more than 1.2 million cases of coronavirus have been registered globally.

More than 65,000 people have died and more than 252,000 have recovered, according to the university’s figures.

A team of scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine made the prediction that Africa could see up to 450,000 people test positive for the highly infectious coronavirus by the second week of May, putting the continent’s fragile health systems under severe test.

The team made the prediction based on a mathematical modeling projection, as the number of COVID-19 positive Africans more than doubled in one week to Friday’s figure of more than 6,500 cases.

The scientists also projected that each East African country (Ethiopian included) will report at least 10,000 COVID-19 cases by May 10, with Uganda being the last to hit this number.

With 50 out of 56 African countries now reporting COVID-19 cases, the scientists say only strict interventions such as social distancing could make their forecasts wrong.

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