Egypt reports 163 new coronavirus cases, 18 deaths on Tuesday

Ahram Online , Wednesday 16 Sep 2020

The country has a total of 101,340 infections, including 5,679 deaths and 85,745 recoveries since the first case was discovered on 14 February

A woman wearing a protective mask looks on as people wait to make withdrawals outside a branch of Commercial International Bank (CIB), amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cairo, Egypt.(Reuters)

Egypt reported 163 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total infection tally to 101,340 since the outbreak hit the country in mid-February.

The ministry also reported 18 new deaths, bringing the total fatalities from the virus to 5,679, the health ministry announced.

The ministry said that 776 patients were discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 85,745.

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 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.

The country decided on Monday to ease more lockdown measures as of next week, allowing funeral prayers, weddings in open places only, after a six-month-long closure of these services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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