Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update May-23

The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 3757; of these sixty-one (61) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Four-Hundred-Ninety-Four (494). Among the confirmed cases, 43 of them are male and 18 are female. All of them are Ethiopians and their age ranges from 15 to 70 years. Among the cases forty-eight (48) of them are identified from Addis Ababa (five have contact with a confirmed case and forty-three have no contact with confirmed cases and no travel history), three (3) from Afar Region (contact with confirmed cases and in Dubti Isolation Center), one (1) from Amhara region (all with travel history from abroad and in Dessie Isolation Center), seven (7) from Somali region (all with travel history from abroad and in Jigjiga Quarantine Center) and two (2) from Oromia region (with no contact with confirmed cases and no travel history and they are from Burayu and Sebeta towns).

  • A detailed information on today’s cases will be provided through a separate press statement

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

Potential ExposureNumber of Cases
Travel history from abroad11
Contact with confirmed cases5
Cases with no contact with confirmed cases and no travel history45

Furthermore, twenty-three (23) people (14 from Addis Ababa and 9 from Afar region) recovered from the disease that makes the total number of recoveries one-hundred-fifty-one (151).

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 conducted76,962
Laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours3,757
Number of Confirmed cases within 24 hours61
Total patients of COVID-19 in treatment centers336
Patients in intensive care0
Newly Recovered23
Total Recovered151
Total Deaths5
Returned to their country2
Total confirmed cases as of today494

Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like to wish a happy Eid Al Fitr to all Muslims and recommend taking the following precautions while celebrating this holiday

  • Keep our physical distance during Zekatil Fitr,
  • Make holiday welfares through phone calls rather than in person,
  • Cover our nose and mouth with face/cloth mask while we are at the market
  • Keep our physical distance and clean our hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer while shopping goods for the holiday at a nearby market

Strictly adhere to all precautionary measures to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the virus.

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 23, 2020

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