A medical staff member in protective gear checks temperatures at Cairo University during the coronavirus outbreak, Cairo, Egypt, March 15, 2020. Reuters
The Egyptian Health Ministry in its daily coronavirus update statement reported 43 new deaths in the past 24 hours nationwide, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 20,770.
The statement added that 951 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 302,259.
Egypt has been supplied with around 98.4 million doses of different coronavirus vaccines, whether wholly made or in the form of raw materials, since the start of the pandemic, Higher Education Minister and Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said on Monday.
Around 51 million doses are ready for use, and about 48 million single doses have been administered, Abdel-Ghaffar said in a meeting of the Supreme Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
Around 513,000 people under 18 years of age have registered to receive the vaccine, of which about 261,500 have been vaccinated, Abdel-Ghaffar added.
During the meeting, the government has decided to allow funeral prayers inside large mosques, that are authorised to hold the weekly Friday prayers, for the first time since the start of the pandemic early last year.
Egypt had closed mosques for a few months in 2020, and later allowed open-air funeral prayers only in mosques that have courtyards.