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Egypt reports 160 new coronavirus cases, 17 deaths on Wednesday

The country has so far recorded a total of 101,500 cases including 5,696 deaths and 86,549 recoveries

Ahram Online , Thursday 17 Sep 2020
Two Egyptians wearing face masks walk along a street in Shubra El Kheima, El-Qalyubia Governorate, n
File photo: Two Egyptians wearing face masks walk along a street in Shubra El Kheima, El-Qalyubia Governorate, north of Cairo (photo: Reuters)
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Egypt reported 160 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total infection tally to 101,500 since the outbreak hit the country in mid-February.

The ministry also reported 17 new deaths, bringing the total fatalities from the virus to 5,696, the health ministry announced.

The ministry said that 804 patients were discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 86,549.

While the number of new coronavirus cases has been hovering around 150 a day nationwide since August, experts warn the figures could increase dramatically come autumn.

Egypt began the move towards a gradual reopening of the economy in June, lifting the night-time curfew, reopening restaurants and places of worship, and resuming regular international flights as part of its plans to coexist with the virus. The cabinet has warned, however, that restrictions will be reimposed should infection rates rise.

On Monday, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced a further easing of restrictions. From 21 September open-air funerals, wedding ceremonies, film festivals and conferences will be allowed.

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