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Covid-19 test results sent via SMS – Ethiopia

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On Thursday, 3 September 2020 the Ethiopian Institute of Public Health launched a new SMS service system in which people can find out the results of their Covid-19 test through their mobile phones.

The institute’s director of public health emergencies, Meseud Mohammed, said the system will help the institute deliver Covid-19 test results within three hours of delivering blood samples.

The director said plans are also underway to launch a system that will help medical professionals working in Covid-19 treatment centers educate the institute about patients with symptoms of the coronavirus.

Ethiopia recorded 1,105 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 54,409.

The new cases were identified among 21,360 lab tests performed in twenty-four hours.

The country also reported 18 deaths from the virus on the same day, bringing the death toll to 846.

Some 416 patients have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 19,903.

The country has so far carried out 949,813 laboratory tests.



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