Egypt’s average daily COVID-19 cases drop to 400; deaths down to 7

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Apr 2022

The average daily coronavirus infection and deaths tolls in Egypt have continued to decline this past week, with the country reporting an average of 400 infections and seven deaths per day over the past week.

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A woman wearing a protective face mask walks down Al Khayamia street in old Cairo, Egypt April 16, 2020. (Reuters)

This comes after the country reported a daily average of 625 cases and eight deaths over in the previous week.

Furthermore, the total number of recoveries since the outbreak began in February 2020 increased this week to 442,182 after a daily average of 532 people were discharged from hospitals nationwide over the past seven days, the Ministry of Health and Population said in its fourth weekly update on the pandemic nationwide.

More than 32.9 million citizens have been fully vaccinated to date, according to the ministry, which has been urging citizens to register on its website to receive the vaccine.

The ministry also continues to receive citizens’ inquiries regarding the coronavirus via the 105 and 15335 hotlines as well as WhatsApp on +201553105105.

Those who think they may have contracted the disease can also download the Android or iPhone versions of the ‘Sehat Misr’ app for guidance regarding which hospitals to head to.

Amid a global decline in infections, Egypt has reported a drop in coronavirus cases and deaths as well as in COVID-induced hospitalisations over the recent weeks while continuing its mass vaccination campaign.

Egypt's decline in coronavirus cases has led the country to reduce the number of isolation hospitals nationwide, said acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar on Wednesday.

The ministry announced that only four hospitals are now designated for full isolation — El-Agouza Hospital in Giza, Qaha Hospital in Qalioubiya, El-Odaisat Hospital in Luxor, and El-Nagila Hospital in Matrouh.

The ministry also announced reducing the number of partial isolation hospitals to 16 facilities nationwide.

Egypt has eased its coronavirus restrictions during the holy month of Ramadan, which started early in April, lifting a two-year suspension on the traditional Ramadan charity banquets, where free food is provided to millions of needy people around tables in the streets.

Late in March, the Cabinet announced that it would also be easing coronavirus-related restrictions on mosques, allowing them to open their annex event halls and conduct afternoon prayer sermons (El-Asr) and mass Ramadan night prayers (Taraweeh) during the holy month.

Ramadan late-night prayers (Tahajjud) and seclusion in mosques for a period of time (I'tikaf), however, are still prohibited.

Furthermore, according to the Cabinet’s decisions, shops, restaurants, and cafes are allowed to remain open till 2am and weddings and celebrations at indoor halls in hotels have been allowed as long as they follow precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

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