Ethiopia Reports No Cases of COVID-19 Out of 965 Samples Tested

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19-TestingApril 23, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has reported no new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, April 23, 2020, since it confirmed the first case of the pandemic on March 13, 2020.

The zero positive results were reported out of the 965 samples taken over the past 24 hours, Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health has said.

Ethiopia has so far discharged 21 COVID-19 patients out of 116 confirmed cases and reported three deaths.

The “zero positive results” out of 965 suspected cases does not indicate the virus is wiped out or declined, the minister said.

Dr. Lia urged the public to remain alert and continue applying all preventive actions and comply with the government’s decisions.

The country has conducted a total of 10, 736 COVID-19 tests since the first day the pandemic reported on March 13, 2020.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said Ethiopia which is battling COVID-19 is at high risk of yellow fever after the case was reported in the south regional state of the country.

The first two cases of the yellow fever were reported on March 3 in the Region and had risen to six by April 16, the WHO said in an emailed statement.

“The high number of suspect cases reported over a short time period is of high concern,” according to the WHO’s statement. “The onset of the rainy season could increase the density of mosquito vectors, thereby further exacerbating the risk of spread.”

The global health organization said it has already released more than a million doses of yellow fever vaccine from its emergency stockpile after the deadly mosquito-borne disease killed 10 Ethiopians.

 “This outbreak is of concern since the population of Ethiopia is highly susceptible to yellow fever due to the absence of recent exposure and lack of large-scale immunization,” the statement added.

In related news, the south regional state of Ethiopia is set to pull together about 7000 people mainly street dwellers in rehabilitation centers as part of an effort to curb the spread of the virus in the region.

Accordingly, people who are believed to be vulnerable to COVID-19 in different cities and towns of the region are being transported to rehabilitation centers.

Adane Ayele, an official of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said the people are being taken to the rehabilitation centers upon their will.

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