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Egypt reports lowest COVID-19 daily death count since onset of pandemic

Egypt’s Health and Population Ministry reported on Monday the lowest COVID-19 death count since the outbreak of the virus over a year ago.

The ministry said in a statement that just seven deaths were reported on Monday. The total number of deaths since the outbreak of the virus has now reached 16,403 cases.

The recent decline in cases and deaths brings some relief, as data shows that between the end of December 2020 and the beginning of July, the country’s seven-day average of daily deaths did not dip below 39.

The ministry also reported 110 new cases Monday, with the total case number reaching 283,212. It added that 879 patients have recovered and left from isolation hospitals on Monday, increasing the number of recovered cases to 219,291.

Egypt’s vaccination campaign that began in January has so far vaccinated 2.5 million people, out of Egypt’s population of 102 million.

Egypt is currently using China’s Sinopharm vaccine and the UK’s AstraOxford vaccine. The Ministry of Health has announced that it will soon begin producing Russia’s Sputnik V alongside Sinovac at VACSERA.

Egypt expects to receive, within days, two million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, followed by doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

It will also employ the first doses of the locally produced Sinovac vaccine in early August.

The Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Supply, Medical Supply and Medical Technology Administration (UPA) announced in mid-June that it has secured over 46 million COVID-19 doses during the fiscal year 2020/2021.

The country aims to vaccinate 40 percent of its citizens by the end of 2021.

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