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Religious institutions in Ethiopia begin month-long prayer to end pandemic

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Ethiopian religious institutions have begun a month-long prayer and fasting for an end to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The launching event was attended by President Sahle-Work Zewde and religious leaders where a minute of silence was held to remember those who have died from the coronavirus in Ethiopia and worldwide.

In her remarks, President Sahle-Work extended her gratitude to the religious institutions for contributing their shares to the national COVID-19 containment efforts.

Those who have strictly adhered to the advice given by healthcare professionals managed to deter the spread as well as protect themselves and their families form the virus.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has confirmed eight new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) out of the two-hundred and sixty-four samples that were tested over the past twenty-four hours.

This brings the total COVID19 cases in Ethiopia to fifty-two.

Several of the confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals. Among the confirmed cases include a nine-month-old baby and his mother, according to a statement issued by the Ministry.

Ethiopia has so far reported two deaths and four recoveries from the virus.

According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, more than one-point three million cases of the coronavirus have been registered globally.

Nearly seventy-six thousand people have died and more than two-hundred and eighty-nine thousand have recovered from the virus.

– APA

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