The authorities in Ethiopia have launched a mobile service which allows people to receive their coronavirus test results through an SMS.

The results will be available three hours after one is tested, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute director Meseud Mohammed said.

A short code 8335 will be used to send notifications with the results.

The country has so far conducted 970,591 laboratory tests for coronavirus.

Ethiopia currently has 55,213 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 20,283 patients having recovered.

The country has recorded 856 fatalities from the virus.