Egypt reports 1,189 new coronavirus cases on Saturday

Egypt’s Health has announced 1,189 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest figure of the second wave sweeping the nation.

These numbers are up from 1,133 on Friday, 1,021 on Thursday, 911 on Wednesday, and 788 on Tuesday.

The ministry also announced 43 virus-related deaths and 477 recovering cases.

The nation’s tally is now at 131,315 confirmed cases, 109,462 of which are recovered, and 7,352 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 Egyptian government has denied rumors that university studies would be suspended and midterm exams postponed amid the second wave of the coronavirus.

These educational institutes will continue as usual, it stressed, with exams being held according to schedule for the current academic year with all precautionary measures being followed to curb the outbreak.

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.

Assistant Egyptian Health Minister Noha Assem said 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.

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