Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update May-26

The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 3,410; of these forty-six (46) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Seven-Hundred-One (701). Among the confirmed cases, 29 of them are male and 17 are female and their age ranges from 12 to 79 years. Forty-five of them Ethiopians and one person Israeli citizen. Among the cases thirteen  (13) of them are identified from Addis Ababa (four have known contact with a confirmed case, one with a travel history from abroad and eight have no known contact with confirmed cases and no travel history), three (3) from Tigray Region (with travel history from abroad and was in mandatory quarantine), fifteen (15) from Amhara region (with travel history from abroad was in mandatory quarantine), eleven (11) from Somali region (with travel history from abroad was in mandatory quarantine) and four (4) long truck drivers with travel history from abroad.

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

Potential ExposureNumber of Cases
Travel history from abroad34
Contact with known confirmed cases4
Cases with no known contact with confirmed cases and no travel history8

Unfortunately, A 32 years old female Ethiopian, from Addis Ababa, who was in intensive care due to other medical condition and confirmed positive for COVID-19 yesterday has passed away yesterday night bringing the total death due to COVID-19 in our country to six (6). Ministry of Health and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like to pass its condolences to the families.

Furthermore, eight (8) people (two from S/N/N/P/R region and six from Addis Ababa) recovered from the disease that makes the total number of recoveries one-hundred-sixty-seven (167).

Total laboratory test conducted87,264
Laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours3410
Number of Confirmed cases within 24 hours46
Total patients of COVID-19 in treatment centers526
Patients in intensive care1
Newly Recovered8
Total Recovered167
Total Deaths6
Returned to their country2
Total confirmed cases as of today701

COVID-19 Situational Update as of Today                       

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.

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 26, 2020

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