FILE PHOTO: A medical staff member wearing face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walks in front of hospital in downtown Cairo, after Egypt s government made wearing masks mandatory in public places and public transport, in Cairo, Egypt May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Egypt reported 667 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total infection tally officially to 300,945 since the outbreak began in February 2020, said the Health Ministry in its daily coronavirus update statement.
The ministry also reported 39 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 17,149.
The statement added that 789 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 254,060.
Egypt has intensified its mass vaccination campaign and ordered more vaccine shipments to cope with the rise of infections and fatalities that has begun since early August by the pandemic's fourth wave.
The country has received 33,678 million coronavirus vaccine doses, Health Minister Hala Zayed said in a Cabinet meeting last week.
More than 13 million people have been vaccinated so far in Egypt since the beginning of the inoculation campaign earlier this year, as per the latest figures announced by Egyptian health officials last week.
Zayed said the peak of the fourth wave of the coronavirus will be felt in three or four weeks.