Egypt's Ministry of Health reported 161 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total infection tally officially to 282,582 since the outbreak began in February 2020.
The health ministry also reported 26 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 16,332.
The statement said that 789 patients have been discharged after recovering from the COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 216,217.
Egypt's daily infection tallies recorded by the health ministry have been on a downward trend since early June after passing the pandemic's third wave, which caused the daily tallies to surpass the 1000-case threshold over the two preceding months.
The country, on the other hand, continues its efforts to contract and locally produce new batches of the deadly virus vaccines, the latest of which producing the first 1 million Sinovac vaccine doses earlier this week, a step that was praised by the World Health Organization WHO.
as well as for the country’s plan to vaccinate 40 million citizens against the virus by the end of the year.
The manufacturing of Sinovac vaccine doses comes as part of an agreement signed between VACSERA and the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac to produce 40 million doses by the end of the current year.
In line with the WHO’s call for countries to vaccinate at least 40 percent of their citizens in 2021, the North African country also seeks to vaccinate 40 million citizens against the virus by the end of the year