Health officials have confirmed the detection of the delta variant of COVID-19 in Ethiopia. During a joint press conference held last week, Lia Tadesse (MD), minister of Health and Getachew Tolera (PhD), deputy director of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, stated that the variant might have been spreading for some time. It is widely reported the delta variant is more contagious and deadly than previous strains of COVID-19. It is likely responsible for the recent spike in cases, according to the officials. By last week, over 4,800 people had lost their lives to the pandemic while close to 320,000 positive cases had been registered in the country.
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