ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
As schools partially reopened in Ethiopia, the novel coronavirus cases in the country reached 90,490, according to the figures issued by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday.
In the country, at least 1,371 people have died of the virus, while 43,638 people have recovered.
Addressing a joint news conference with WHO Country Director Boureima Sambo marking the partial reopening of schools in the country on Tuesday, Minister for Health Lia Tadesse said the spread of the virus has gathered speed since September.
The minister said 14.9% of the people infected with the virus constitutes critically ill patients who need intensive care.
“The fact that the five-month COVID-19 state of emergency has been lifted and restrictions have been relaxed might have created a sense of imprudence in observing necessary care,” Lia said.
On Tuesday, the horn of Africa nation announced partial reopening of schools – 30% of schools – across the country except in the capital city of Addis Ababa where 70% of the virus caseload exists.