Egyptians, some of them wearing protective masks, look from the bus windows amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Cairo, Egypt December 17, 2020. REUTERS
Egypt's health ministry reported 1,133 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total infection tally to 130,126 since the outbreak began in February.
This is the second consecutive day for the country's health ministry to register daily infections toll more than 1000 daily cases. This is also the highest daily infection toll in almost five months.
The ministry also reported 49 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 7,309.
The statement said that 511 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 108,985.
A second wave
Minister of Health Hala Zayed stated on Wednesday that Egypt is currently witnessing the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
"This week, the 51st week since the discovery of coronavirus in Egypt, witnessed a leap in the numbers of daily recorded coronavirus cases and fatalities," she said.
Zayed added that there are currently 363 hospitals ready to receive patients as well as 200 extra ventilators available to face the increase in cases.
A list of coronavirus isolation designated hospitals is going to be released in each governorate, she said.
Earlier this week, the ministry of health announced that 30 hospitals in Cairo were designated as isolation ready.