Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population on Sunday reported 101 new coronavirus cases, four deaths, and 233 recoveries.
A total of 285,358 cases have been reported in Egypt, alongside 16,619 deaths and 234,114 recoveries.
Egypt’s Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tageldin warned this week that cases are beginning to steadily rise again.
During a telephone interview with “Al-Hadath Al-Youm”, Tageldin said: “If the number of infections continues to increase, we may enter a fourth wave… there is an increase in new cases globally, much more than Egypt.”
In June, Egypt’s Supreme Committee for the Management of Coronavirus Crisis lifted some COVID-19 restrictions, including a nine pm business curfew that had been in place since early May.
The committee, headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, agreed that restaurants, cafes, shops, and malls may return to summer working hours. Businesses may now also operate at 75 percent capacity.
However, there are still rules in place.
Any facility that violates summer hours will receive a fine and be subject to close for two weeks, and repeat violators will be shut down for a month, the committee warned.
Furthermore, restaurants and cafes may not serve shisha (hookah), religious celebrations are banned, and weddings must be held in open areas.
Egypt is also preparing for the imminent arrival of the delta variant, which has been sweeping through neighboring countries. Health officials have warned the public to continue to mask up and keep distance.
World Health Organization data says that 5.7 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Egypt, which has a population of 104 million.
The Health Ministry is currently working to issue QR-coded vaccination certificates for Egyptians and foreigners that receive their doses in the country.
According to the ministry, the certificate costs LE100 for Egyptians and US$10 for non-Egyptians.
IMAGE: A man wearing protective face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus walks past an advertisement of skin care products in southern Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.