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COVID-19 in Egypt: 412 new cases confirmed, 29 deaths

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Friday confirmed 412 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total up to 279,596.

The total number of COVID-19-related deaths has now reached 16,031 nationwide, after the ministry announced 29 deaths.

And 765 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, raising Egypt’s total number of fully-recovered cases to 208,957.

Doctors and officials continue to warn the public to abide by coronavirus precautionary measures and push for vaccination, stating that social distancing is just as important as wearing a mask.

The ministry reported in mid-May that it has vaccinated 1.3 million people since its campaign began on January 24, and over five million have registered on the ministry’s website for the jab.

Egypt is currently using China’s Sinopharm vaccine and the UK’s AstraOxford vaccine, and has plans to soon begin locally manufacturing China’s Sinovac vaccine and Russia’s Sputnik-V.

The Ministry of Health announced that 40 million doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine will be produced in Egypt this year through VACSERA’s factories, with the first batch of two million doses scheduled within a month from now.

Egyptian health authorities announced Thursday morning that it has received the first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

A total of 210,000 doses touched down at Cairo International Airport, according to the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement and Medical Supplies.

The authority said this batch came under a contract signed in May between the two countries. The remainder of the doses will be delivered according to the contract in the coming period.

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