File Photo: Members of a medical staff, wearing protective gear, intubating a patient in the isolated ward for COVID-19 coronavirus patients,taken on April 29, 2020 AFP
The Delta variant of the coronavirus has not appeared in Egypt so far, but the emergence of mutations to the virus is “expected,” Presidential Health Advisor Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din told Sky News Arabia on Wednesday evening.
“The central laboratories of the [Egyptian] Ministry of Health have been conducting a genetic analysis of samples collected from a number of people infected with the coronavirus over the last period, and it has not been proven that the samples are different from the ones analysed in previous months,” he added.
The Delta variant appeared in around 127 countries around the world, and the prospect of it appearing in Egypt in the future is still present, Tag El-Din pointed out.
“[Scientifically], all viruses have the ability to mutate, and the Delta variant is the fourth mutation of the coronavirus since it surfaced in late 2019; there is also another variant named ‘Delta Plus’ [that has been found recently]. Thus, there are dozens of mutant viruses,” he explained.
“The emergence of this mutation is expected two years after the outbreak of the original virus.”
He assured that most of the approved vaccines are effective in facing the original and mutated strains of COVID-19.
Egypt’s single-day toll of infections and deaths has been on a downward curve since early June, as the country has passed the peak of the third wave. However, the country is seeing a slight increase in cases recently.
The latest increase, according to the presidential advisor, is a result of the Eid gatherings and crowding at beaches and parks.
Egypt has recorded a total of 284,966 coronavirus infections, with 16,597 deaths and 233,517 recoveries.