Egypt's coronavirus cases may rise in June to reach 2,500 cases per day: Health ministry official

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jun 2020

The total number of cases in Egypt since the outbreak of the pandemic in mid-February has reached 38,284, with 1,342 fatalities

Men wearing protective face masks walk in downtown Cairo, amidst concerns about the spread of the co
Men wearing protective face masks walk in downtown Cairo, amidst concerns about the spread of the cornavirus (photo: Reuters)

The head of the Egyptian Ministry of Health Scientific Committee to Combat Covid-19, Dr Hosam Hosny, has said that the number of coronavirus cases recorded will continue to rise in June till it reaches between 2,000 and 2,500 cases per day.

Hosny explained during a phone call with Sada Al-Balad TV channel Wednesday that June will mostly be Egypt's peak month, commenting on a statement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicating that Egypt has not reached its peak yet.

“We expect that in July, the first week of the month, the number of cases will stabilise and then will start decreasing,” Hosny said.

He asserted that there is no scientific proof so far that there will be another wave of the virus in September or October.

According to Hosny, the most important indicator is the number of deaths and the fatality rate.

Hosny said that Egypt’s fatality rate compared to the number of cases is 6.7 percent, which according to him is “a very good rate”.

He added that when compared to the total population, Egypt’s fatality rate is below global rates.

Egypt reported on Wednesday alone 1,455 new coronavirus cases and 36 deaths while it has taken the respiratory virus 50 days to reach the first 1,000 detected infections nationwide, 4 April.

The total number of cases the country recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic in mid-February has reached 38,284, with 1,342 fatalities.

By Wednesday, 10,289 Covid-19 patients in Egypt had fully recovered.

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