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Egypt's daily coronavirus cases stay below 1,000 for eighth day in a row

Ahmed Morsy , Thursday 16 Jul 2020
Men wearing protective face masks walk in downtown Cairo, amidst concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Egypt. (Reuters)

Egypt's health ministry said in a statement on Thursday that it recorded 928 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infections nationwide to 85,771 cases since the detection of the first case on 14 February.

This is the eighth consecutive day for the health ministry to register coronavirus infections less than the 1,000 cases, with the daily toll hovering between 900-1,000 since 9 July.

The ministry said in the statement that it also reported 53 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities from the respiratory virus to 4,120.

The first coronavirus fatality announced in Egypt was on 8 March, with the highest single-day death toll to date recorded on 15 May, with 97 fatalities.

The statement added that 556 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus on Thursday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 26,691.

Driven by economic concerns, Egypt began on 27 June to ease lockdown measures more than three months after they were imposed, lifting a nighttime curfew and allowing more businesses to reopen, including restaurants, coffee shops and cinemas.

Despite the reopening of the country, the daily figure has stabilised for more than a week now and the country's record of daily coronavirus cases -- 1,774 infections recorded on 19 June -- has been kept unbroken to date.

According to presidential health adviser Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din, the infection figures need to stabilise for at least a week before it can be said that Egypt is past the peak.

“When the numbers fall or become steady for a week then begin to gradually decline, we can say we have reached the peak of coronavirus infections and begin to see a decrease in infections,” Tag El-Din said in a telephone interview with state-owned Channel One on Tuesday, adding “we could be close” to this point.

Earlier on Saturday, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said that “Egypt may have passed its peak infection rate and could be entering the flattening phase of daily cases ahead of a gradual drop during July, August, and possibly through September".

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