Egyptian women wearing protective face masks wait to ride a bus in a staion, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Cairo, Egypt September 15, 2020. REUTERS
Egypt reported 149 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total infection tally to 103,466 since the outbreak hit the country in mid-February, a statement by the health ministry said.
The ministry also reported 10 new deaths, bringing the total fatalities from the virus to 5,956.
The ministry said that 288 patients were discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 97,143.
Though the number of the daily new coronavirus cases has been relatively few since August, the government repeatedly urged caution to avoid a potential second wave of the pandemic, particularly with the advent of autumn and the beginning of the new academic year.
Egypt began the move towards a gradual reopening of the economy in June, lifting the night-time curfew, reopening restaurants and places of worship, and resuming regular international flights as part of its plans to coexist with the virus.