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Ethiopia: Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update – 27 May 2020

The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 4,352; of these thirty (30) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Seven-Hundred-Thirty-One (731). Among the confirmed cases, 22 of them are male and 8 are female and their age ranges from 9 to 60 years.

All of the people confirmed for COVID-19 am Ethiopians. Among the cases fifteen (15) of them are identified from Addis Ababa (two have known contact with a confirmed case and thirteen have no known contact with confirmed cases and no travel history), two (2) from Tigray Region (with travel history from abroad and was in mandatory quarantine), eight (8) from Amhara region (with travel history from abroad was in mandatory quarantine), one (1) from Oromia region (with no known contact with confirmed cases and no travel history), three (3) from Harari region (have known contact with a confirmed case) and one (1) long truck driver with travel history from abroad.

The potential sources of the exposure to the arc of the confirmed case presented below:

Potential ExposureNumber of Cases
Travel history from abroad11
Contact with confirmed cases 5
Cases with no contact with confirmed cases and no travel history14

Furthermore, fourteen (14) people from Addis Ababa recovered from the disease that makes the total number of recoveries one-hundred-eighty-one (181).

COVID-19 Situational Update as of Today

Total laboratory test conducted91,616
Laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours4352
Number of confirmed cases within 24 hours30
Total patients of COVID-19 in the treatment centres542
Patients in intensive care1
Newly recovered14
Total recovered181
Total deaths6
Returned to their country2
Total confirmed cases as of today731

The laboratory samples were collected from the high-risk community members, returnees/passengers at mandatory quarantine centres, contacts of the confirmed cases, health facility visitors and suspects at isolation centres.

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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.

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