Ethiopia records highest weekly COVID-19 positive cases in Africa


ADDIS ABABA, April 3 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia has recorded the highest weekly number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the African continent, with 13,198 new COVID-19 cases, said the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

This is the third consecutive week that Ethiopia registered the highest number of weekly COVID-19 cases in the African continent and the increase was said to be the highest in the past three weeks. The country reported 9,329 and 11,898 new COVID-19 cases in the previous two weeks, respectively, according to the Africa CDC continental update issued Friday.

Kenya recorded the second highest number of weekly COVID-19 cases, with 9,304 new COVID-19 cases, while South Africa recorded the third most weekly number of 7,579 COVID-19 cases.

The consecutive highest weekly COVID-19 increase has pushed Ethiopia’s total number of confirmed cases to 211,314 as of Saturday morning, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

The East African country also this week overtook Egypt to become the fourth most COVID-19-affected country in Africa, only next to South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia, according to the Africa CDC.

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