Egypt recorded 343 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total infection tally officially to 290,027 since the outbreak began in February 2020, the Health Ministry said in its daily coronavirus update statement.
The ministry also reported 13 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 16,789.
It added that 549 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 241,964.
Since early August, Egypt has seen a slow but steady daily increase in coronavirus cases.
While the announced infection daily numbers may appear low compared to the spikes being seen elsewhere in the world, many observers say they can be multiplied by 10 since they reflect only cases that test positive at the Ministry of Health’s hospitals.
Egypt is currently ramping up efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible as it has yet to hit the peak of the fourth wave in late September and early October, the Health Minister Hala Zayed on Sunday.
In an interview aired at night on ON E TV channel, Zayed confirmed that ten million Egyptians had been vaccinated against coronavirus, including three million fully vaccinated citizens.
The country targets to inoculate 40 million citizens by the end of 2021.
A day earlier, Egypt received a second batch of 525,600 shots of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (Janssen) through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), in cooperation with the African Export-Import Bank. The Janssen doses of the second batch along with the 261,000 of the first – which are part of a 20-million-dose deal – have been designated by the ministry for travellers.
Egypt has imported millions of doses of vaccines since starting its campaign in January, including the WHO-approved British AstraZeneca vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, the Chinese Sinopharm and Sinovac, and the Russian Sputnik V, which has not been approved by the WHO.