Ethiopia is the youngest African country to have confirmed cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus within its borders.
The delta variant is “more than twice as contagious as previous variants” and “could cause more serious illnesses than previous variants in unvaccinated people,” according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ethiopia’s Health Minister Liya Tadesse said 8,300 people came into contact with the coronavirus last week, while 118 have died, bringing the total death toll to almost 5,000.
According to the Ministry of Health, more than 2.5 million people of the 114 million inhabitants of Ethiopia have received a vaccine so far. However, more doses are required to achieve the goal of vaccinating at least 20% of the population.
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