Egypt reports 745 new coronavirus cases, 36 deaths on Friday

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Oct 2021

Egypt reported 745 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total infection tally to 305,269 since the outbreak began in February 2020, said the health ministry in its daily coronavirus update statement.

An Egyptian medical worker administers a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Cairo on the first day of vaccination in Egypt. AFP

The ministry also reported 36 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total death toll to 17,367.

The statement added that 822 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries 257,708.

On Friday evening, Minister Hala Zayed announced that Egypt had received a new shipment of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Egypt received 100,800 doses of AstraZeneca donated by the Polish government, according to the health ministry.

On Thursday, Egypt received 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as a donation from the United States via the COVAX initiative.

This is the first of five shipments of the Pfizer vaccine totalling 5 million doses that Egypt is to receive from the United States, according to the health ministry.

Prior to the Pfizer shipment, Egypt had already obtained more than 40 million vaccine doses.

Until 27 September, the country had administered a total of 16,223,309 vaccine doses nationwide, according to the WHO.

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