Egypt’s Health and Population Ministry announced 1,133 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest figure of the second wave sweeping the nation.
These numbers are up from 1,021 on Thursday, 911 on Wednesday, and 788 on Tuesday.
The ministry also announced 49 virus-related deaths and 511 recovering cases.
Egypt has now recorded a total of 130,126 confirmed cases, 108,985 recovered cases, and 7,309 virus-related deaths.
Egypt has officially entered the second wave of the pandemic, after cases have risen steadily over the past month.
Government officials continue to urge the public to adhere to precautionary measures against the virus, and the Egyptian Cabinet has called on authorities to strictly enforce the country’s mask mandate, which applies to all public transportation and indoor public spaces.
The Health Directorates across the governorates declared high alert, and the Religious Endowments Directorates stressed the sterilization and disinfection of mosques.
Mosque workers formed teams in front of each mosque to prevent the entry of any worshipers without a facemask, and some universities have resorted to remote study starting on Sunday.
The governors stressed on sterilization and awareness campaigns in transport stations, places of worship, markets, shops and industrial establishments, to educate citizens about the need to put facemasks in closed places and to observe social distancing.
They further called to prevent any wedding marquees and funerals to reduce the chances of infection, while taking any legal measures towards violators.
Egypt’s Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Comprehensive Health Insurance Authority Mohammad Maait said on Thursday that that the ministry is prepared to increase the country’s coronavirus stimulus package in order to combat Egypt’s second wave.
Maait asserted that the financing of the vaccine is ready, regardless of the producing company, adding that financing health takes priority in spending during the current stage.
Assistant Egyptian Health Minister Noha Assem added that Egypt is at the center of the second wave of coronavirus, stressing that citizens need to be cautious amid the rapid increase in the numbers of infections.
Assem said that public adherence to the precautionary measures will affect the fate of the infection curve. She stressed that everyone is responsible for his or her behavior and the people around them, especially if they are among vulnerable populations.