Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update May-12

The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 2,424; of these eleven (11) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Two-Hundred-Sixty-One (261). All of the cases confirmed positive are Ethiopian males and their age ranges from 19 – 47 years old. Among the cases 8 of them are identified from Afar region (Samara Quarantine Center), 1 from Tigray region (Mekelle Quarantine Center), 1 from Somali region (Jigjiga Quarantine Center) and 1 are from Amhara region (North Shoa Zone, Ataye  Isolation Center)

The travel history from abroad and contact with confirmed cases of today’s cases are presented below;

Potential ExposureNumber of Cases
Travel history from abroad11
Contact with confirmed cases0
Cases with no contact with confirmed cases and travel history0
 Total 11

Furthermore, one (1) person from Addis Ababa recovered from the disease that makes the total number of recoveries one-hundred-six (106).

COVID-19 Situational Update as of Today

Total laboratory test conducted39,048
Laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours2,424
Number of Confirmed cases within 24 hours11
Total patients of COVID-19 in treatment centers148
Patients in intensive care0
Newly Recovered1
Total Recovered106
Total Deaths5
Returned to their country2
Total confirmed cases as of today261

Today’s tests were conducted at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, International Clinical Laboratories, Adama Public Health Research and Referral Laboratory, Tigray Public Health Institute, Amhara Public Health Institute (Bahir Dar and Dessie), SNNPR Public Health Institute, Afar Regional Laboratory,  Nekemte Public Health Research and Referral Laboratory, Debrebirhan Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa PHREM Laboratory, Arsi University Laboratory, Gondar University Laboratory, Haramaya University Laboratory, Jimma University Medical Center and Jigjiga University Laboratory.

Considering the increase in transmission of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like the public to strictly adhere to all precaution measures. We need to be reminded that every single action we take determines the risk of contracting the virus. Therefore, we should;

  • Maintain physical distancing
  • Wash our hands with water and soap frequently
  • Stay at home and avoid mass gatherings
  • Cover our mouth and nose with face/cloth mask when going outdoors

For more information or to report if any person had contact with confirmed COVID-19 please call to the free toll line 8335 and 952 or to regular phone 0118276796 and regional toll free lines, or use our

Dr. Lia Tadesse

Minister of Health

 May 12, 2020

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