A file photo of Egyptian Quarantine Authority employees prepare to scan body temperatures of incoming travellers at Cairo International Airport on February 1, 2020. (Photo:AFP)
Egypt’s Health Ministry reported in its daily coronavirus statement that 47 new deaths related to Covid-19 complications were recorded officially in the past 24 hours nationwide, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 21,457.
The statement added that 731 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 313,782.
Egypt's health authorities have sent more than 400,000 text messages to a selected target group from the fully vaccinated citizens for appointments to receive booster shots of the coronavirus vaccines, according to Health Ministry Spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar.
The country is currently prioritising the optional booster shots for an initial group totalling around 4.1 million.
Egypt has administered more than 52 million COVID-19 vaccine doses since the launch of its mass vaccination campaign in January, according to the latest figures released by the ministry.
Egypt, which plans to vaccinate 40 percent of its 102-million population by 31 December, has currently 64.5 million vaccine doses available for use.