File photo: a health worker wearing protective gear prepares to take swab samples from people queuing in their cars to test for the coronavirus at a drive-through COVID-19 screening center at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)
Egypt reported 221 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total infection tally to109,422 since the outbreak of the pandemic in February.
Monday's infections toll is down from the 239 cases reported the day before.
The ministry also reported 12 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 6,380.
The statement said that 97 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 100,439.
The government has recently urged caution due to the recent slight increase of the daily detected coronavirus cases in Egypt.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said during a cabinet meeting last week that the country will exercise “zero tolerance” against people who fail to adhere to preventive measures against the pandemic, urging citizens to adhere to the restrictions to avoid “unnecessary difficult scenarios”.
On Sunday, Health Minister Hala Zayed said "the infection rate is expected to, at least, double and the death toll is expected to triple in December and January if citizens ignore wearing facemasks.”