Egypt records biggest coronavirus death toll in almost three months

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 Sep 2021

On Wednesday, Egypt received 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine provided by the German government

Vaccination in Egypt
File photo: A nurse prepares the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at Al-Nozha Hospital in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AP)

Egypt registered 27 fatalities on Wednesday, the highest single-day rise of coronavirus deaths since early 28 June when 33 fatalities reported.

The country’s total number of deaths from the virus became 17,043, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health.

Egypt’s daily-detected infections are on the rise since the beginning of August.

On Wednesday, the health ministry reported 692 new coronavirus, the highest daily rise in more than 100 days.

This raises Egypt’s total infection tally to 298,988 since the outbreak began in early 2020.

As many as 507 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, the ministry said, raising the total number of recoveries to 251,902.

Vaccine shipments continue to arrive 

Egypt received 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday night, provided by the German government via COVAX agreement in cooperation with GAVI vaccine alliance, the health ministry said in a separate statement.

Wednesday’s shipment brought the total amount Egypt has received from the German government to 2,350 million doses after receiving 850,560 shots earlier on Monday, Assistant Minister of Health Mohamed Hassani said.

Hassani, who accompanied German Ambassador to Cairo Frank Hartmann while receiving the shipment at Cairo International Airport, stressed the importance of solidarity between the Egyptian state and German government in order to address the coronavirus pandemic.

Moreover, a shipment arrived in two batches consisting of 546,400 doses of AstraZeneca donated by France via COVAX last weekend.

In a Cabinet meeting earlier today, Minister of Health Hala Zayed said Egypt has possessed 33,678 million coronavirus vaccine doses since the beginning of the inoculation campaign launched earlier this year.

The doses are an amalgam of the Astrazeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnik, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, Zayed said.

Egypt will receive its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine containing 612,000 jabs on Friday, as part of a total of 1.6 million doses, the health ministry spokesman said in recent statements.

Egypt’s total storage capacity has reached 4.366 million after purchasing and locally distributing 600 refrigerators dedicated to Pfizer vaccine – which needs special refrigerators to store vials at 2°C to 8°C.

More than 13 million citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Egypt so far, according to health officials.

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