Death Toll from COVID-19 will Peak in June: Ethiopian Health Ministry

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19-Ethiopia-death-toll-to-peak-JuneMay 4, 2020 ( -- The death toll from the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ethiopia likely reaches the highest in late June and early July, the country’s Ministry of Health has disclosed.

“We have not passed the worst scenario that COVID-19 can cause in Ethiopia as a pandemic of such kind will reach its peak in ten weeks or three months on average,” Dr. Yakob Seman, Health and Health-Related Director in the ministry told the local media.

The study conducted by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health revealed that about 13 million people are expected to fall victim to the outbreak, even after all the necessary precaution measures are taken.

“If the government has not been taking precautionary measures to stem the spread of the virus, about 27 million Ethiopians would have fallen victims to the pandemic,” he said

In the past, such kinds of outbreaks hit worst following rainy seasons and since the rainy season of this year comes ahead of time like in April, the pandemic’s worst infections will occur at the end of June or early July.

The ministry is doing all it can to avert the anticipated worst situation and but the government needs to tighten its controlling mechanism, the director added.

The country’s ministry of finance anticipated that at least an additional 15 million Ethiopians would be requiring emergency food assistance due to evolving coronavirus infections in the country.

Accordingly, the number of Ethiopians requiring urgent food aid will reach 30 million shortly, said Minister of Finance Ahmed Shide in a council of ministers session on Friday.

Ahmed Shide said Ethiopia needs at least $1.4 billion to address the worsening food crisis in the country.

The minister recalled that the country has already requested a total of $2.1 billion in grant money from the European Union, Germany, France, UK, and China to address impacts of the pandemic.

Recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced a $411 million financial aid to Ethiopia to support response against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday for a two-day Summit with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral ties, fight against COVId-19/locust infestation and regional matters. The presidential entourage includes FM Osman Saleh and adviser Yemane G/ab, it is learned.

In related news, Ethiopia has reported two new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours out of 1560 laboratory tests.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country to 135.

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