Egypt reports 618 new coronavirus cases, 49 deaths on Wednesday

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed 618 new coronavirus cases, down from 633 the day before. The ministry also reported 49 deaths and 411 recovered cases.

The country has now reported a total of 175,677 cases, 136,081 recovered cases, and 10,150 deaths.

Egypt’s second wave hit its peak on December 30, when the health ministry reported 1,411 new cases. Case numbers experienced a sharp decline in January, but are now on the rise again.

Meanwhile, the daily death count has remained consistent since the onset of the second wave.

Government officials continue to urge authorities to strictly enforce the country’s mask mandate, which applies to all public transportation and indoor public spaces.

Egypt launched its vaccination campaign on January 24, however, officials are predicting a slow rollout as the country waits for the arrival of doses.

The ministry is currently using China’s Sinopharm vaccine and has received doses of the UK’s AstraOxford vaccine.

The first doses, like in the rest of the world, are reserved for healthcare workers, the elderly, and at-risk persons.

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