More than a million users have downloaded the government-made app Sehet Masr (“Health of Egypt") since it was launched in April to provide information and resources on the coronavirus, the health ministry has announced.
Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said on Monday that users can report suspected coronavirus cases, whether themselves or others, via the app.
They must record the name and national identification number of the suspected case and answer some questions.
The government will then follow up, and cases may either be transferred to hospital or given instructions on home isolation procedures, depending on their condition.
The app can also put users in direct contact with the health ministry via WhatsApp, or through its phone hotline (105), to handle coronavirus inquiries and reports.
The programme can also send alerts to users whenever they are close to a location where coronavirus cases are present, provided that the phone’s location tracker is switched on.
Megahed said that all users' data is coded and secured and subject to privacy protection.
Sunday’s daily bulletin of new coronavirus cases saw the fourth increase in the daily tally in a row, with 1,536 new cases and 46 fatalities.
The country has now logged 24,985 cases in total, including more than 959 fatalities.