Egypt reports 741 new COVID-19 cases, 37 fatalities on Thursday

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Oct 2021

Egypt reported 741 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total infection tally officially to 304,524 since the outbreak began in February 2020, the health ministry said in its daily coronavirus update statement.

Spraying disinfectant in a metro station in Cairo as a measure against Covid-19.

The health ministry also reported 37 new deaths, causing the total number of deaths from the virus to reach 17,331.

As many as 419 patients have been discharged during the past 24 hours after recovering from the virus, the ministry said, raising the total number of recoveries to 256,886.

A total of 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are making its way to Egypt, the US Embassy in Cairo said earlier on Thursday, the first Pfizer shipment to the country.

On Wednesday, a new shipment of some 4.4 million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Cairo.

Egypt also received a shipment of 1 million doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine on Tuesday as well as 3,000 litres of the raw material required to produce 4.6 million doses of Sinovac locally.

Egypt’s campaign has included AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Sputnik V, besides Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines.

As of 27 September, Egypt has inoculated citizens with over 16.2 million vaccine doses, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The ministry also launched a campaign titled Maan Natmaen (“Together We are Reassured”), sending buses to various governorates to register citizens wanting to be inoculated.

The ministry also announced vaccinating most of the 3.4 million employees working at the state’s administrative apparatuses.

The cabinet on Sunday ordered forbidding employees from entering government institutions two months from now unless they submit proof of vaccination or a PCR test every three days.

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