Ethiopia on Sunday confirmed a further seven deaths due to the novel coronavirus, bringing the total tally of fatalities to 27.

According to the Ministry of Health, 86 people were diagnosed positive in a day out of 6,092 samples tested.

The deceased, according to the daily update, were in the age range of seven and 87 years. All were Ethiopians.

Among the dead was a 34-year-old woman who delivered a healthy baby last week at the Yeka Kotebe hospital in the capital, which is being used as isolation center for COVID-19 patients.

The number of COVID-19 cases has now jumped to 2,020.

At least 344 patients have so far recovered, the minister of health Liya Kebede said.

Health experts cautioned that the main rainy season of June, July and August would see peak in infection numbers as the country is now grappling with community transmission.

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