Egypt's coronavirus cases surpass 71,000
Ahram Online, , Thursday 2 Jul 2020

Egypt on Thursday reported 1,485 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country's total since the outbreak began in February to 71,299.

The country registered 86 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the total fatalities to 3,120, the health ministry said in a statement.

Another 407 patients have recovered from the virus and been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 19,288.

Speaking in earlier in 23 June, Egypt's higher education and scientific research minister said the country would hit the 70,000-case mark by the end of June.

According to the official figures, it took 50 days from the first case on 14 February to reach 1,000 cases on 4 April, 38 days to hit the 10,000-mark on 12 May, and 16 days to hit 20,000 cases on 28 May.

As of June, the figures started to increase swiftly, moving to 30,000 cases by 5 June, and then hitting the 40,000-case mark seven days later on 13 June. Five days later, on 18 June, the country reached 50,000 cases, and seven days later it reached 60,000 cases.