Ethiopia reports first coronavirus death

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Ethiopia has registered its first coronavirus death since the outbreak began, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute announced. A 60-year-old woman, who was in critical condition after being admitted to Eka Kotebe hospital, succumbed to the disease, marking the first death in the country. The woman identified as an Ababa Ababa resident flew into the capital from Paris on 25 March. “She was in a follow-up and upon the developments of symptoms, reported to the hotline service and laboratory test confirmed positive for COVID-19,” according to a statement. She had been intensive care for the past six days, it was said.

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As of midday on Sunday, Ethiopia had 43 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.

Image: An Ethiopian health worker at a testing station in Addis Ababa. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini.

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