38 mln Egyptians fully vaccinated against COVID-19: Spokesperson

MENA , Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Jul 2022

A total of 38 million Egyptians have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus, Health Spokesman of the Egyptian Ministry of Health Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told Ahram Online on Wednesday.

Egypt’s Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli meets with acting health minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar on Wednesday to review the situation of the pandemic in Egypt and abroad (Photo courtesy: Egypt's Cabinet)


In a meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly today to review the pandemic situation in Egypt and abroad, acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said 1,393 vaccination centres have been allocated in Egypt.

Abdel-Ghaffar stated that the occupancy rates at isolation hospitals of the Health Ministry do not exceed 12 percent for ICU beds and 4 percent for ventilators, noting that these are "satisfying rates".

He added that the number of infections worldwide continues to increase for the fifth week in a row, pointing out that the latest drop was recorded in March.

The number of Covid cases globally increased 15 percent during the week from July 4 until July 10, while deaths went up by 7 percent compared with the previous week.

In Egypt, numbers also increased during the 28th week of the year 2022 in the period from July 10 to July 16, the minister said citing data from 542 hospitals. 

During the meeting, Madbouly noted that the new local and global surge of infection requires committing to all precautionary measures, atop of which is wearing face masks in crowded places.

Positive Covid cases are required to quarantine for a minimum of five days from the test day and should remain wearing face masks for another five days after healing, the minister advised.

The minister had stated earlier this week that 97 percent of the COVID-19 cases in Egypt are of the Omicron variant.

Most infections in Egypt do not require isolation at hospitals but at home for five to seven days, he explained.

Sore throat is the most common symptom of COVID-19 followed by headache and blocked nose, the Egyptian Health and Population Ministry has stated.

The ministry published a list of new symptoms including coughing, sneezing, fatigue, and muscle aches based on the data collected by Zoe application, which is a COVID-19 epidemiological research mobile app developed in the United Kingdom.

Earlier pandemic symptoms such as fever as well as loss of taste and smell were mentioned at the bottom of the list as the least reported symptoms of COVID-19 currently.

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