Egypt reports 2,018 new coronavirus cases on Saturday; record high for 5th day in a row

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Jan 2022

Egypt reported 2,018 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, setting a new record for the fifth consecutive day to push the total infection toll up to 421,478 since the outbreak began in February 2020, according to the health ministry’s daily update on the pandemic situation.


The country has been battling a considerable surge in daily positive cases in recent weeks, with the latest five days witnessing unprecedented daily infections.

Saturday's figure is up from previous record high 2,007 cases registered on Friday.

The health ministry also reported 44 new deaths related to COVID-19 complications nationwide in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 22,566.

The ministry added in its daily report that 891 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 354,300.

In recent weeks, Egypt has implemented new coronavirus-related restrictions at airports, seaports, and land crossings to contain the spread of the Omicron variant.

Last week, the Egyptian Drug Authority also issued an emergency use authorisation for Merck’s COVID-19 drug Molnupiravir and allowed five national companies to manufacture the oral antiviral as a first stage.

Local companies have so far succeeded in producing 25,000 Molnupiravir packages, with the availability of raw materials sufficient to manufacture about 150,000 additional packages, head of the EDA Tamer Essam said.

Egypt has so far administered a total of 37,157,139 first vaccine doses and 25,769,453 second vaccine doses, according to the health ministry’s daily statistics.

A total of 615,876 booster shots have been injected in recent weeks, as per the health ministry, bringing the total number of coronavirus vaccines administered to the population since the start of the mass vaccination campaign in January 2021 to 63,536,468 jabs.


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