Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update May-9

The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 2383; of these sixteen (16) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Two-Hundred-Ten (210). All of the cases confirmed positive are Ethiopians of which 7 are male and 9 female and their age ranges from 20 – 60 years old. Among the cases 13 of them are Addis Ababa residents, 1 from Amhara region (Woldiya Quarantine Center) and 2 are from SNNPR (Wolayita Sodo Quarantine Center and Gurage Zone Butajira town).

The travel history from abroad and contact with confirmed cases of today’s cases are presented below;

Potential ExposureNumber of Cases
Travel history from abroad2
Contact with confirmed cases13
Cases with no contact with confirmed cases and travel history1
 Total 16

The tests were conducted at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Armauer Hanssen Research Institute, National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation Center, Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute, International Clinical Laboratories, Adama Public Health Research and Referral Laboratory, Nekemte Public Health Research and Referral Laboratory, Amhara Public Health Institute (Bahir Dar and Dessie), SNNPR Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa PHREM Laboratory, Arsi University Laboratory, Haramaya University Laboratory, Jimma University Medical Center and Jigjiga University Laboratory.

Unfortunately, A 65 years old male Ethiopian, from Addis Ababa, who was on intensive care has passed away today bringing the total death due to COVID-19 in our country to five (5). Ministry of Health and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute would like to pass its condolences to the families.

Furthermore, two (2) people from Addis Ababa recovered from the disease that makes the total number of recoveries ninety-seven (97).

COVID-19 Situational Update as of Today

Total laboratory test conducted32,689
Laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours2383
Number of Confirmed cases within 24 hours16
Total patients of COVID-19 in treatment centers106
Patients in intensive care0
Newly Recovered2
Total Recovered97
New Death1
Total Deaths5
Returned to their country2
Total confirmed cases as of today210

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 limit our movement and cover mouth and nose with face/cloth mask when going outdoors, avoid mass gatherings, wash our hands with water and soap and maintain 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 9, 2020

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