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Delta variant not yet detected in Egypt: official

The Delta and Delta Plus variants of the coronavirus have not actually been detected in Egypt so far, said Mohamed al-Nady, member of the the Scientific Committee to Combat Coronavirus at Egypt’s Ministry of Health.

However, he said in remarks to DMC’s Masaa program on Tuesday, Delta is not far from Egypt.

“If we have it, we will announce it immediately,” Nady promised, adding that the cases that are showing up currently are all strains that have been present since the country’s third wave.

“The increase in the number of coronavirus infections in recent days confirms that we will witness a greater increase in infections during September,” Nady said.

He forecasted that infections will increase by 15 percent in the coming period.

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Tuesday announced 86 new cases and six deaths. Cases are likely on the rise again due to summer festivities and relaxed precautionary measures.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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