File Photo: Egyptians gather in front of the Central Public Health Laboratories in downtown Cairo as they wait to get tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19)taken on March 8, 2020. AFP
This comes as the number of daily coronavirus cases in the country, which spiked over the past two months and exceeded 2,000 cases in January, has continued to decline over the past several days.
The ministry also recorded 30 coronavirus-related fatalities, bringing the total tally of deaths to 23,957.
The daily report added that the total number of recoveries increased to 409,748 after 1,654 patients were discharged from hospitals nationwide in the past 24 hours.
Egypt has managed to overcome a lot of consequences associated with the coronavirus crisis over the past two years through financial, economic and social policies that have proven successful and effective, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Thursday.
Despite the crisis, Egypt has also been able to implement ambitious initiatives to raise the citizens’ standards of living in the countryside and areas most in need through the ‘Decent Life’ presidential initiative, the president told the Global Forum for a Human-centred Recovery organised by the International Labor Organization (ILO) on Thursday.
He added that Egypt also could extend the social security net to hundreds of thousands of families via the ‘Takaful and Karama’ programme, which contributed to alleviating the burdens of the pandemic.
On Wednesday, Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, the acting health minister, told the weekly cabinet meeting that Egypt has received more than 142 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from December 2020 to February 2022.
More than 30 million citizens are fully vaccinated to date and more than 39 million citizens have received their first dose, according to recent ministry figures.
Over one million citizens have already received their third booster shooter.
The country plans to vaccinate 70 percent of its eligible population, those who are older than 12 years old, by the second half of 2022.