Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update May-31

The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 2,836; of these 109 of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are 1,172. Among the confirmed cases, 61 of them are male and 48 are female and their age ranges from 5 to 70 years. All of the confirmed cases are Ethiopians. Among the cases, 99 of them are identified from Addis Ababa, 2 from Tigray region, 5 from Oromia region and 3 from Harari region.

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

Potential ExposureNumber of Cases
Travel history from abroad2
Known contact with confirmed cases13
Cases with no known contact with confirmed cases and no travel history94

Three Ethiopians have passed away and the laboratory tests turned positive for COVID-19. Deaths are a 29 years old female, from Setit Humera, Tigray region, a 75 years old female from Addis Ababa and a 55 years old male from Kefa zone, SNNPR (who recently moved to Addis Ababa). The first two were receiving care in a health facility while the third one was a dead body taken to health facility for forensic investigation and sample was tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total death related to COVID-19 in our country to Eleven (11). Ministry of Health and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like to pass its condolences to the families.

Furthermore, one (1) person from Tigray region recovered from the disease bringing the total number of recoveries 209.

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.

Total laboratory test conducted109,451
Laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours2,836
Number of Confirmed cases within 24 hours109
Total active cases950
Patients in severe condition4
Newly Recovered1
Total Recovered209
Total Deaths11
Returned to their country2
Total confirmed cases as of today1,172

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 31, 2020

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