Egypt reports 771 new coronavirus cases, 33 deaths on Monday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Oct 2021

Egypt reported 771 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total infection tally to 307,569 since the outbreak began in February 2020, said the health ministry in its daily coronavirus update statement.


The ministry also reported 33 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total death toll to 17,469.

The statement added that 700 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 259,647.

Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed announced on Monday that the government may soon vaccinate high school students with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, as the country is currently studying lowering the 18-year age limit for COVID-19 immunisation.

On Thursday, Egypt received 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine as a donation from the United States via the COVAX initiative, a scheme that aims to equitably distribute vaccines worldwide.

Egypt is expected to receive about 4 other  Pfizer shipments from the United States. The remaining doses will be received by the end of October.

The country’s vaccination campaign has recently shifted into high gears to cover students and staff in the educational sector.

Egypt is now providing immediate vaccinations for university students at 270 youth centres countrywide without prior online registration.

The government seeks to guarantee a safe academic year for all students and staff amid the fourth wave of the pandemic, particularly with the return of in-person classes at schools and universities

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