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Egypt is in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic: Health minister

Egypt recorded 911 coronavirus cases and 42 fatalities on Wednesday

Zeinab El-Gundy , Wednesday 23 Dec 2020
Hala Zayed
Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed speaks during a news conference announcing the details of a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt December 23, 2020. REUTERS

Egypt is currently witnessing the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Minister of Health Hala Zayed said on Wednesday in a press conference.

Following the cabinet meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, Zayed stated that Egypt registered 911 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, 123 more than Tuesday’s 788 cases.

Zayed also added that 42 coronavirus fatalities were recorded nationwide in the past 24 hours.  

"This week, the 51st week since the discovery of coronavirus in Egypt, witnessed a leap in the numbers of daily recorded coronavirus cases and fatalities," she said.

Zayed added that there are currently 363 hospitals ready to receive patients and 200 extra ventilators available to face the increase in cases.

The minister requested that citizens head to the nearest hospitals in the event that they are infected and not to specific hospitals in order not to cause over crowdedness in those hospitals.

A list of coronavirus isolation designated hospitals is going to be released in each governorate, she said.

Earlier this week, the ministry of health announced that 30 hospitals in Cairo were designated as isolation ready.

Zayed also added that Cairo, Alexandria, Qalioubiya, and Giza are the governorates with the greatest number of cases.

According to the numbers released by the minister, Cairo has recorded 31.7 percent of all coronavirus cases in Egypt so far, followed by Giza at 9.6 percent, then Alexandria at 8.2 percent, and Qalioubiya at 5.9 percent.

Concerning the vaccine, Zayed revealed that the scientific committee that is following up on the pandemic has prioritised contracting the following vaccines: China's Sinopharma and Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to AstraZeneca’s Oxford vaccine.

"China's Sinopharma vaccine was approved by three countries after 6 clinical trials," she said.

Egypt received the first batch of the Chinese Sinopharma vaccine earlier.

"It is possible we will contract Pfizer and Moderana because their production is limited," she stated.

"Each batch of vaccines is tested in 4 types of tests and we train the medical teams on how they can vaccinate the public," Zayed said.

According to the minister, each person will receive two injections within 21 days of each other.

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