17th August, 2021
Ethiopia registered 688 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 289,962 as of Monday evening, the country’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.
The ministry reported 11 new COVID-19-induced deaths and 218 more recoveries during the same period, bringing the national death toll to 4,489 and total recoveries to 265,589.
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 19,882 active COVID-19 cases, of which 434 are under severe health conditions.
Amid the national push for vaccination, the East African country has so far administered a total of 2,314,394 COVID-19 vaccine doses, according to the ministry.
Ethiopia was one of the hardest-hit countries by the pandemic in Africa, following South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia.