Egypt reports 2,101 new coronavirus infections, 54 deaths on Wednesday

Ahram Online , Thursday 17 Feb 2022

Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population reported on Wednesday 2,101 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases since the outbreak began in February 2020 to 461,299.

File Photo: A man wearing a protective face mask amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic walks in Cairo, Egypt November 23, 2020. REUTERS

The ministry also recorded 54 COVID-19-related fatalities, bringing the total tally of deaths to 23,519, according to the ministry’s daily report.

The report added that the total number of recoveries increased to 393,254 after 2,765 patients were discharged from hospitals nationwide in the past 24 hours.

The number of infections and deaths has stabilised in the previous week after increasing considerably during the month of January.

The country currently has 29 million fully vaccinated citizens.

Furthermore, as many as 835,270 booster shots have been administered so far as part of the country’s ongoing vaccination campaign that started in January 2021, according to the ministry.

Egypt will allow Merck’s COVID-19 drug Molnupiravir – which received emergency use authorisation by the country's drug regulator in January – to be sold at government-affiliated pharmacies, acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar announced on Wednesday.

The country will also make COVID-19 rapid antigen testing kits available for the public at pharmacies for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, the minister told a cabinet meeting.

Egypt has already provided public hospitals with Pfizer’s Paxlovid pills and AstraZeneca’s Evusheld coronavirus antibody, the minister said, adding that the drugs have been distributed to oncology units as a first stage and are set to be distributed to dialysis units soon.

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