Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update May-15

The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 3,707; of these fifteen (15) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Two-Hundred-Eighty-Seven (287). All of the cases confirmed positive are male Ethiopians and their age ranges from 17 – 38 years old. Among the cases 8 of them are identified from Addis Ababa, 2 are from Benishangul Gumuz region (Guba Quarantine Center), 1 is from Afar region (Samara Quarantine Center), 1 is from Amhara region (Meta Quarantine Center) and 3 are from Somali region (Jigjiga Quarantine Center).

The potential sources of exposure of the confirmed cases are presented below;

Potential ExposureNumber of Cases
Travel history from abroad7
Contact with confirmed cases7
Cases with no contact with confirmed cases and no travel history1

Furthermore, four (4) people from Addis Ababa recovered from the disease that makes the total number of recoveries one-hundred-twelve (112).

COVID-19 Situational Update as of Today

Total laboratory test conducted48,985
Laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours3,707
Number of Confirmed cases within 24 hours15
Total patients of COVID-19 in treatment centers168
Patients in intensive care0
Newly Recovered4
Total Recovered112
Total Deaths5
Returned to their country2
Total confirmed cases as of today287

The laboratory samples were collected from the high-risk community members, returnees/passengers at mandatory quarantine centers, contacts of the confirmed cases, health facility visitors and suspects at isolation and treatment centers.

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 15, 2020

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