File photo: A worker sprays disinfectant inside a bus in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
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Ethiopia Confirms COVID-19 Cases Exceeding 131,000

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ethiopia rose to 131,546 after 351 new cases were reported, the East African country’s Ministry of Health said on Monday.

The ministry said that the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the country reached 2,033 as of Monday evening, including three new deaths reported during the last 24-hour period.

Some 116,335 COVID-19 patients have recovered so far, including 188 in the last 24-hour period, the ministry added.

It also said that 13,176 COVID-19 cases are active and 224 patients are in severe conditions.

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Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation with about 107 million people, has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the East African region.

Ethiopia is the fifth country most affected by COVID-19 in Africa, after South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.

The government has been recently urging the public to implement COVID-19 precautionary measures so as to contain the spread of the virus.

The country has so far conducted 1,891,919 COVID-19 tests, including 4,980 during the past 24-hours period, according to the ministry.

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