File Photo: Women wearing protective face masks, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of Bab Zuweila, one of the surviving main gates of the old city of the Egyptian capital Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt reported 153 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total infection tally to 101,009 since the outbreak hit the country in mid-February.
The ministry also reported 21 new deaths, bringing the total fatalities from the virus to 5,648, the health ministry announced.
The ministry said that 900 patients were discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 84,161.
Egypt had witnessed a slight increase in the daily tally of coronavirus cases in the past weeks, reversing a low of 89 on August 22 — the lowest daily infection toll since early April.
The surge comes as the government repeatedly urged caution to avoid a second wave of the pandemic, particularly with the advent of autumn and the beginning of the new academic year.