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(Xinhua) Eritrea's confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 100-mark

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Eritrea's confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 100-mark

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-17 00:52:05|Editor: huaxia

ADDIS ABABA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Eritrea's number of COVID-19 confirmed cases has risen to 109 after the Red Sea nation recorded 13 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, the Eritrean Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

"Thirteen additional patients were diagnosed positive for COVID-19 today in tests carried out for individuals who had completed their quarantine time at Adibara, Gash Barka region," Eritrea's Ministry of Health said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Following the latest 13 new confirmed COVID-19 positive cases, the total number of confirmed cases in the Red Sea nation has now risen to 109, the ministry said.

Amid the rising new COVID-19 positive cases in the East African country, the ministry had also on Sunday and Monday reported additional 24 and 31 new COVID-19 cases, respectively.

The ministry further said 39 of Eritrea's confirmed COVID-19 cases have recovered fully and have been released from hospital, while the remaining 70 are receiving the necessary medical treatment.

According to the ministry, some 7,764 Eritrean nationals have returned home in recent weeks through irregular land and sea routes from Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti as well as Yemen despite the overall ban on people's movements in the region as a whole.

Some 4,359 of those who were quarantined upon their return to Eritrea were duly released from the respective quarantine centers after completion of the process in force, while some 3,405 persons still remain across 47 centers throughout the country, it was noted.

The Red Sea nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 21. Since then, Eritrea has implemented a series of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

These include a nationwide lockdown, ban on all non-essential local and international flights as well as banning all trading activities and transactions during the lockdown period. Enditem

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