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Egypt reports 1,138 coronavirus cases, 59 deaths on Sunday

A total of 400 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours following recovery, bringing total recoveries to 176,763

Ahram Online , Monday 10 May 2021
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A worshiper has his temperature checked as he arrives to attend a Palm Sunday mass, after using an application to book the attendance of prayers, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in a church in Cairo, Egypt April 25, 2021. REUTERS
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Egypt reported 1,138 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing total infections nationwide since the outbreak last year to 237,410.

The health ministry detected 59 new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 13,904.

400 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours following recovery, bringing total recoveries to 176,763.

Egypt has been witnessing a rise in coronavirus infections and deaths, with more than 1000 infected daily since late April. However, Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said the situation in hospitals is stable.

Last week, the cabinet announced a set of new measures to curb the spread of the virus during the next two weeks as the country is set to mark the Islamic holy feast of Eid Al-Fitr.

The measures, in place for two weeks from 6 to 21 May, include the closure of shops, malls, coffee shops, restaurants, and movie theatres at 9pm. However, restaurants are allowed to make home deliveries past 9pm.

All public gatherings and mass activities are banned, and public parks and beaches are closed for two weeks.

Egypt, which is witnessing a third wave of the deadly virus, has not detected a new strain of the coronavirus, according to the presidential adviser for health affairs, Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din.

Egypt also has adapted a rapid molecular test – known as ID NOW and only takes 15 minutes to detect infection – to be conducted on both Egyptians and foreign nationals coming from the countries experiencing COVID-19 variants.  

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