Egypt said it will dispatch medical convoys nationwide to distribute medications and preventive supplies among those in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases.
In an official statement on Friday, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the kits will include drugs that are part of the medical protocol set by the ministry’s scientific committee.
Members of the preventive medicine sector affiliated with every directorate nationwide will be tasked with distributing the packages or delivering them to houses via female rural guides.
The kits will be delivered beginning with the governorates of Daqahliya, Sharqiya, Giza, Qalioubiya, Ismailia, Minya and South Sinai.
Hospitals will also distribute the kits on mild coronavirus cases currently in home isolation, depending on the medical protocol for each case, the spokesman added.
Egypt detected on Friday the highest single-day toll in coronavirus cases and deaths with 1,289 new cases and 34 deaths.
This brings the total number of cases to 22,082 and fatalities to 879, the health ministry said.
The ministry added that 152 patients have fully recovered and been discharged from isolation hospitals and quarantine facilities. The total number of recoveries from the virus now stands at 5,511.
The spike in cases comes despite stricter measures enforced during Eid El-Fitr religious holiday, including extending the curfew hours and a full suspension of public transportation, which the country hoped would help in curbing the spread of the virus.