Coronavirus-related deaths in Egypt drop 44% last week: Health ministry

Mai Ghandour, Tuesday 29 Mar 2022

Coronavirus-related deaths dropped by 44 percent from 19 to 25 March compared to the previous week, Acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar announced on Tuesday.

Acting-Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar in a weekly meeting on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the Health Ministry)

Meanwhile, the rate of COVID-induced hospitalisations decreased by 50 percent during the same period, according to a statement released by Health Ministry Spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar after the weekly meeting to follow up on the ministry's plan to combat the pandemic.

The drop in the rate of hospitalization was evident in the hospitals' occupancy rates, especially in intensive and intermediate care units nationwide during March, Abdel-Ghaffar explained.

The ministry had previously announced Friday during its weekly coronavirus report, it recorded a daily average of 625 new cases and eight deaths from 19 to 25 March as the rates of new cases and deaths continue to subside nationwide following the end of a difficult fifth wave.

The Tuesday meeting also established the availability of sufficient stocks of medicines, supplies and medical oxygen in hospitals, he added.

The meeting also reviewed the country’s mass vaccination campaign, which showed that innoculation rates range from 200,000 to 250,000 per day, with the highest rates in the governorates of Beheira, Gharbiya, Minya and Assiut.

Egypt has fully vaccinated about 33 million people against coronavirus, representing 52 percent of the targeted groups, Abdel-Ghaffar previously said in remarks to Al-Hekaya program on MBC Masr.

Meanwhile, Egypt lifted earlier this week a ban on Ramadan charity banquets, ending a two-year suspension on the popular tradition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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