Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update May-5

The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 1047; of these five (5) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are One-Hundred-Forty-Five (145). The tests were conducted at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute, Adama Public Health Research and Referral Laboratory, Addis Ababa Regional Laboratory, Arsi University Laboratory, Jigjiga University Laboratory and Jimma University Medical Center Laboratory. Furthermore, sixteen (16) people (15 from Addis Ababa and 1 from Amhara Region) recovered from the disease that makes the total number of recoveries ninety-one (91). The Details of today’s cases are presented below;

S.NoCitizenshipResidenceAgeSexTravel history of AbroadContact with confirmed case
1EthiopianAddis Ababa75FemaleNoUnder Investigation (identified by the laboratory test among admitted patients)
2EthiopianAfar25MaleHe has travel history from Djibouti and is in Afar mandatory quarantine
3EthiopianAfar22MaleHe has travel history from Djibouti and is in Afar mandatory quarantine
4EthiopianAddis Ababa8FemaleYes
5EthiopianOromia, Batu19FemaleYes

The 75-year-old woman mentioned above was being treated at a hospital for other chronic medical problems, and due to respiratory distress, she was suspected for COVID-19 and sample was taken, however she passed away before results confirmed she was positive for COVID-19. Ministry of Health and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like to pass its condolences to the families.

COVID-19 Situational Update as of Today

Total laboratory test conducted25,135
Laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours1,047
Number of Confirmed cases within 24 hours5
Total patients of COVID-19 in treatment centers48
Patients in intensive care0
Newly Recovered16
Total Recovered91
Total Deaths4
Returned to their country2
Total confirmed cases as of today145

The Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like to advise the public to strictly adhere to all precaution measures including avoiding mass gatherings, washing hands with water and soap, covering mouth and nose with face/cloth mask when in crowded areas, and maintaining physical distancing.

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 5, 2020

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