Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update May-20

The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 3460; of these twenty-four (24) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Three-Hundred-Eighty-Nine (389). Among the confirmed cases, 18 of them are male and 6 are female. All of them are Ethiopians and their age ranges from 4 to 57 years old. Among the cases nine (9) of them are identified from Addis Ababa (five Contact with confirmed cases and four  case with no contact with confirmed cases and no travel history), seven (7) from Tigray Region (four cases with travel history and three cases with contact with confirmed cases; of which one is in Mekelle quarantine center and six are in Maycadra quarantine center) and eight (8) from Amhara region (with travel history from abroad and in Metema quarantine center).

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

Potential ExposureNumber of Cases
Travel history from abroad12
Contact with confirmed cases8
Cases with no contact with confirmed cases and no travel history4

Furthermore, two (2) people from Amhara region recovered from the disease that makes the total number of recoveries one-hundred-twenty-two (122).

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 centers.

COVID-19 Situational Update as of Today

Total laboratory test conducted65,760
Laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours3460
Number of Confirmed cases within 24 hours24
Total patients of COVID-19 in treatment centers260
Patients in intensive care0
Newly Recovered2
Total Recovered122
Total Deaths5
Returned to their country2
Total confirmed cases as of today389

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 20, 2020

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