Egypt’s coronavirus cases predicted to rise by 40% to 20,000 next week: Minister
Sama Osama, , Thursday 21 May 2020

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Egypt is predicted to reach 20,000 next week, Egypt’shigher education minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar saidon Thursday.

The figure, around 40% up from the current confirmed 14,229 cases, is expected to be recorded on 27-28 May, the minister said in a televised conference attended by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

From15 April to 20 May, the averagerate of thedailyincrease in new infectionsin Egypt stood at5-5.6%, down from 8-10% in the first two weeks of April, the minister said.

He sought to reassure the public that authorities are still able to contain the virus.

“The daily growth rate [in cases] remain within safe ranges,” the minister said, adding that it would be worrying if the rate of the daily rise in cases reaches 15-20%.

Each person infected with coronavirusin Egyptis passing the disease on toan estimated 1.4 people, as opposed tothree people on average at current transmission ratesin some countries, Abdel Ghaffar said.

When the number is below 1 percent, then the pandemic can be considered receding, he added.