Cairo, Giza, Alexandria continue recording highest coronavirus infection rates countrywide: Egypt’s Health minister

Lamis ElSharqawy, Wednesday 16 Dec 2020

Ministry of health increased the production of liquefied oxygen to cope with the possible second wave of coronavirus


Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria have continued to record the highest rates of coronavirus infections among Egyptian governorates over the current period, the country's Health Minister Hala Zayed told a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the health minister reviewed the latest developments concerning the pandemic in Egypt over the past week, including the number of new infections, recoveries nationwide, as well as the occupancy rates in isolation hospitals.

The three governorates, which have a total population of over 23 million, had the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the country, along with Gharbiya and Luxor, according to a graph shared by Zayed during a briefing held in November.

Wednesday's meeting, which was headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and other cabinet members, also tackled the measures adopted recently to cope with the much-feared second wave of the pandemic, according to a statement released by the government following the meeting.

Egypt has recorded a daily infection rate of 400-500 over the past weeks. On Monday, the 500 confirmed cases mark was passed for the first time since July, while on Tuesday it recorded 523 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total infection tally to 122,609 since the outbreak began in February.

Zayed said that work is underway to upgrade gas networks in isolation, fever, and chest hospitals, in addition to other hospitals, in anticipation of any second wave of the virus, the statement added.

The hospital has been provided with the needed liquefied oxygen as part of the ministry's plan to confront the second wave, said Zayed.

Zayed added that the daily consumption rate of liquefied oxygen has increased from 400,000 litres to 500,000 litres, with the availability of a reserve estimated at 70,000 litres to meet the need of the upcoming period.

Zayed confirmed that the ministry is working, in coordination with oxygen-producing companies, on expanding the storage capacity of medical oxygen, and finding a suitable mode of transportation to ensure its availability in each governorate on a daily basis.

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