Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 494 after 61 more people were confirmed, the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) said in a statement on Saturday.

This is so far the highest daily increase in the Horn of Africa country.

The ministry revealed that from the total of 3,757 medical tests that were conducted in the last 24 hours, 61 of them tested positive for COVID-19, eventually bringing the total number of cases to 494.

According to figures from FMoH, all 61 new COVID-19 cases are Ethiopian nationals-43 males and 18 females.

The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health also said that 151 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have so far recovered from the virus.

The ministry has previously disclosed five patients have died due to COVID-19 related illnesses.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation with about 107 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13.

The Ethiopian government has instituted a wide range of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In April, the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, announced a five-month state of emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.


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