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Egypt detects 587 new coronavirus cases, 49 deaths on Thursday

Egypt began its vaccine rollout on Thursday for priority groups, which include the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases.

Ahram Online , Friday 5 Mar 2021
A woman walks past a clothing store window with a placard announcing discounts for winter sales, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Cairo, Egypt February 25, 2021. REUTERS

Egypt detected 587 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total infections since the outbreak last year to 184,755.

The health ministry reported 49 fatalities to bring the deaths toll to 10,871.

455 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours to bring recoveries nationwide up to 142,610.

Earlier on Thursday, Egypt began its vaccine rollout for priority groups, which include the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases as it concluded the vaccination of the country’s medical staff in the past few weeks.

Several elderly citizens and patients and people with chronic diseases were administered the first shot of the vaccine at a Cairo medical centre earlier today, in an event attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Health Minister Hala Zayed.

The rollout comes days after Egypt opened on Sunday online registration for the vaccine through a designated website as part of expanding its immunization program.

Over 150,000 citizens have registered to receive the vaccine since Sunday,

Egypt currently administers doses of the Chinese Sinopharm and British-Swedish Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, both of which were granted emergency use authorisation by authorities earlier this year.

Egypt has so far received 350,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine and 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine since December.

The Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine was also authorised for emergency use in February; yet has not yet been delivered to Egypt.

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