Egypt is past 'difficult phase' of latest coronavirus wave: Official

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Mar 2022

Egypt has gotten past the “difficult phase” of the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din said on Monday, as the country is witnessing a noticeable drop in daily positive cases and deaths.

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File Photo: Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din. Al-Ahram

Egypt recently achieved the highest recovery rates at isolation hospitals, which exceeded 85 percent on Sunday, Tag El-Din said on Monday.

Since the outbreak began in February 2020, Egypt has recorded a total of 421,215 recoveries after 1,321 patients were discharged from hospitals nationwide over the past 24 hours. The country has had a total infection tally of 490,969 and a total death toll of 24,197.

Egypt, which is currently battling a fifth wave of the pandemic, saw a considerable rise in infections that persisted throughout January and February, with over 2,000 cases reported every day since late January.

On 22 February, the reported daily infections dropped below the 2,000 mark for the first time since late January.

The rise in infections over the past two months has been attributed to the highly infectious Omicron variant.

On 22 December 2021, Egypt detected its first three cases of Omicron in Egyptian nationals returning from abroad at Cairo International Airport.

The country has so far fully vaccinated over 30 million people, including more than 1 million who have received booster shots. Some 40 million people have received their first dose, according to official figures from the country's health ministry.

However, Tag El-Din still urged citizens to continue to adhere to precautionary measures until a stable phase is reached, stressing "the virus is still there."

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