COVID-19 in Egypt: Death toll tops 10,000, 613 new cases and 56 deaths on Monday

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Monday confirmed 613 new coronavirus cases, up from 611 on Sunday. The ministry also reported 56 deaths and 389 recovered cases.

The country has now reported a of 174,426 cases, 135,349 recovered cases, and 10,050 deaths.

Egypt’s second wave hit its peak on December 30, when the health ministry reported 1,411 new cases. Case numbers experienced a sharp decline in January, but are now on the rise again.

The daily death count has remained consistent since the onset of the second wave.

Government officials continue to urge authorities to strictly enforce the country’s mask mandate, which applies to all public transportation and indoor public spaces.

Egypt launched its vaccination campaign on January 24, however, officials are predicting a slow rollout as the country waits for the arrival of doses.

The ministry is currently using China’s Sinopharm vaccine and has received doses of the UK’s AstraOxford vaccine. Another shipment is due by the end of February.

The first doses, like in the rest of the world, are reserved for healthcare workers, the elderly, and at-risk persons. 

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