Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din (file photo)
Egypt has passed the peak of the second coronavirus wave announced by the Health Ministry late in November, as the number of new cases decreased from more than 1,000 in recent days to around 500, Presidential advisor Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din said.
Egypt has reported 521 coronavirus cases on Thursday, down from 1,418 on 31 December, the highest daily official count since the second wave officially started.
In remarks to Extra News, Tag El-Din said the official statistics released by the Health Ministry on a daily basis do not reflect the actual total number of infected cases but only give general indications.
“It is true that the number of cases registered by the Health Ministry is not the whole number [of actual patients], but, certainly, the cases outside the framework of the Health Ministry’s recorded numbers, who we follow, see and hear about are actually decreasing,” he said.
The presidential advisor added that the daily official death statistics reflect the number of deaths from the virus over a past period of time, including those who died inside hospitals or recorded by the Health Ministry (outside hospitals) and other medical institutions.
Tag El-DIn referred to the recent state’s anti-coronavirus measures as a factor that contributed to containing the rise in cases.
In December, the Cabinet announced many measures as cases continued to rise, including cancelling New Year celebrations and turning the fine on not wearing masks in public places to be immediate.
“When the number of cases rose, the state, through the Cabinet, took some decisive measures … while stressing on [the need of] adhering to all preventive means to limit the spread of the virus,” Tag El-Din said.
As Egypt started its vaccination campaign last week, medical teams at many quarantine hospitals have reportedly received the Chinese Sinopharm’s vaccine, the only one officially approved in Egypt and imported to date.
Priority groups also include medical workers at fever, chest and screening hospitals; followed by kidney failure and cancer patients; then the elderly.
The total of medical teams targeted to be vaccinated in chest, fever hospitals is 207,000 people, including doctors, nurses, administrators, and workers.