COVID-19 in Egypt: 445 new circumstances, 22 deaths on Thursday

The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population confirmed 445 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, up from 421 on Wednesday.

The ministry also announced 22 virus-related deaths and 207 cases of recovery.

Egypt now has a total of 120,147 confirmed cases, 104,281 recovered cases and 6,854 virus-related deaths.

Government officials continue to urge the public to take precautions against the virus and the Egyptian cabinet has urged authorities to strictly enforce the country’s mask mandate, which applies to all public transportation and indoor public spaces.

Anyone who does not wear a mask in the designated areas can expect a fine of up to 4,000 LE.

In addition, new curfews on retail stores, restaurants and cafes went into effect on December 1 to limit the spread of the virus and standardize business hours across the country.

In addition, the Coptic Orthodox Egyptian Church decided on Sunday to suspend services in Cairo and Alexandria, as well as Sunday services and church meetings in response to the numerous cases.

The cabinet remains confident of dealing with the second wave of the virus, citing a Bloomberg report on Saturday which said Egypt ranks second among Arab countries in dealing with the pandemic.

Egypt has not yet hit European or US-like numbers, however testing in the country is not widely available or affordable for the average Egyptian.

On Thursday, the country received the first shipment of a coronavirus vaccine from Chinese company Sinopharm, said to be 86 percent effective.

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