File photo: A woman wearing a protective mask, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt detected 632 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total infections toll in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic last year to 163,761.
According to an official statement, the health ministry reported 48 deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll from the virus to 9,115.
The statement said that 530 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 127,963.
Egypt began its COVID-19 vaccination roll-out on Sunday, with priority to the country’s medical staff who are on the frontline battling the outbreak.
Around 527 of health staff in 15 isolation and chest hospitals nationwide have received the first dose of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine until Tuesday, the health ministry announced earlier on Wednesday.
The roll-out would see each person receiving two shots administered 21 days apart.
Egypt is looking to boost its supply of coronavirus vaccines to face the outbreak in the overpopulous country which many fear could overwhelm the country’s health system.
It is currently awaiting on new deliveries of coronavirus vaccines to expand the vaccinations' access to more categories, especially to top priority groups which include patients suffering from chronic diseases and elderly citizens.