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Ethiopia reports second COVID-19 death

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On Monday, 6 April 2020, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health reported the country’s second death from the deadly coronavirus.

This latest fatality comes a day after the Ethiopian Health Ministry confirmed its first death from the respiratory disease which has killed over sixty-thousand people worldwide.

Ethiopia reported five additional cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19 bringing the total number of infections in the country to fourty-three.

A sixty-year-old- woman and a fifty-six-year-old man have died from the virus, said the Ministry in a statement on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a team of scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has forecast that Africa could see up to four-hundred and fifty thousand people test positive for the highly infectious coronavirus (COVID-19) by the second week of May. This would put the continent’s fragile health systems under severe test.

The team made the prediction based on a mathematical modeling projection, as the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Africa more than doubled in one week to Friday’s figure of more than six-thousand five-hundred cases.

The scientists also project that each East African country (Ethiopia included) will report at least ten-thousand COVID-19 cases by 10 May 2020, with Uganda being the last to hit this number.

With fifty out of fifty-six African countries now reporting COVID-19 cases, the scientists say only strict interventions such as social distancing could make their forecasts wrong.


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