Egypt confirms 996 new coronavirus cases, 58 deaths on Wednesday

The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population on Wednesday confirmed 996 new coronavirus cases, up from 970 on Tuesday, ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed announced.

The ministry also confirmed 58 virus-related deaths and 677 recovered cases.

Egypt has now reported a total of 152,719 cases, 120,312 recovered cases, and 8,362 deaths.

Egypt has officially entered the second wave of the pandemic, after cases rose steadily throughout November and December.

Although January has witnessed a decline in new case numbers, government officials continue to urge the public to adhere to precautionary measures against the virus.

The Ministry of Education decided in late December to once again shift classroom learning back online and postpone exams ahead of the mid-year vacation that starts on January 16 and goes until February 20.

Once students return from vacation, they will take the first-term exams.

Egypt has received doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine, and is expecting more shipments, according to Health Minister Hala Zayed.

The minister said on Monday that the country will receive 20 percent of its vaccines needs via the AstraZeneca vaccine from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance within two or three weeks.

The Health Ministry is also waiting on a shipment of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine. It signed for 25 million doses of the jab back in September, and will begin clinical trials of the vaccine as soon as it arrives.

The country plans to roll out its vaccination campaign at the beginning of February, beginning with the elderly, healthcare workers, and those with underlying health conditions.

IMAGE: A man wearing a protective face mask withdraws money from an ATM at the Al Shohadaa “Martyrs” metro station as Egypt ramps up efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Cairo, Egypt, March 22, 2020. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo)

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