File Photo: A health worker wearing protective gear prepares to take swab samples from people queuing in their cars to test for the coronavirus at a drive-through COVID-19 screening center at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, taken on June 17, 2020. AP
The ministry made the announcement in its first weekly update on the pandemic situation nationwide.
The total number of recoveries since the outbreak in February 2020 increased to 430,198, after an average of 766 people were discharged from hospitals nationwide in the past seven days.
More than 31.5 million citizens have been fully vaccinated to date, over 43 million citizens have received their first dose and over 1.7 million citizens have received their booster shots, according to the ministry's figures.
Last week, the health ministry announced that they would start issuing weekly, instead of daily, reports on the number of coronavirus infections and deaths, as the fifth wave of the pandemic gradually subsides.
The decision was taken after the country started witnessing a “consistent” decline in infection and death rates in the past few weeks, with a retreat in the occupancy rates at isolation hospitals.
The decline followsa remarkable rise in the two preceding months as a result of the fifth wave of the pandemic, with the country reporting 2,000 cases a day since late January.
Egypt has gotten past the “difficult phase” of the latest wave of the pandemic, according to health officials, who attributed January and February’s spike to the highly infectious Omicron variant, firstly detected locally in December 2021.