File Photo: Egyptian health workers collect samples at a drive-through coronavirus-testing center at the Ain Shams University in Cairo on June 29, 2020. AFP
The figures are similar to the previous week, when the ministry reported a daily average of five new cases and two deaths.
An average of 16 people were discharged per day from hospitals nationwide over the past seven days, bringing the total number of recoveries since the outbreak began in February 2020 to 445,701.
Furthermore, more than 35.1 million people have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus since the start of the country’s mass vaccination campaign last year.
Also, more than 45.9 million people have received their first dose of the vaccine and more than 3.4 million people have received their booster shoot, according to the ministry’s figures.
Egypt has witnessed a significant drop in coronavirus cases over the past weeks, with daily cases dropping from over 2,300 in February to the current figures — the lowest levels since the start of the pandemic.
Earlier this month, Presidential Adviser for Health and Prevention Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din highlighted the substantial decline in coronavirus infections across the country when he met with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
Tag El-Din noted that most detected cases are accompanied with mild symptoms without health complications.
For his part, El-Sisi urged authorities to continue awareness and vaccination campaigns through national vaccination centres and to ensure easy access to the booster shots.
Amid the decline in COVID-19 cases nationwide, Egypt has eased in recent weeks many of the coronavirus related restrictions that it had imposed since March 2020.
This included allowing mosques and shrines nationwide to revert to normal operation hours after two years of being limited, as well as allowing weddings and celebrations at indoor halls in hotels as long as they followed precautionary measures against the coronavirus.
The improvement in the epidemiological situation in Egypt comes amid an ongoing drop in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths globally after peaking in January, the World Health Organisation said in its latest weekly assessment of the pandemic.