Health authorities in Egypt have confirmed 230 new cases of COVID-19 infections, bring the total confirmed cases in the country to 98,727.
The Ministry of Health, in an announcement at the weekend, said no fewer than 23 new deaths were recorded in 24 hours. So far, 5,399 people in the country have died from coronavirus complications.
818 cases ended quarantine after receiving treatment, bringing the total number of fully-recovered cases to 72,120.
Patients are considered recovered from coronavirus infection if symptoms go away within 10 days of their onset, according to World Health Organization guidelines.
Meanwhile, major religious centres opened in Cairo, the capital, at the weekend despite the country’s warning on August 12 it feared a second wave of the virus.
In recent weeks, new coronavirus cases had been going down daily. Last week it reversed with an average of 180 new cases per day.
On August 26, following a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Cairo, Liao Liqiang, Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed said the two countries intend to sign a cooperation agreement on the production of a vaccine for protection against COVID-19 in September.
At the end of July, Egypt also claimed that the country would become the African hub to manufacture the Chinese vaccine if one is developed by Beijing.
“The Egyptian and Chinese sides are expected to sign in September a cooperation agreement on the production of anti-coronavirus vaccines,” Mugahed said.
Earlier in July, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled AbdelGhaffar stated that the scientists of the North African country conducted preclinical studies of at least four COVID-19 vaccine candidates and worked to develop three medications to treat the disease.
According to Mohammed Tag El-Deen, the Egyptian president’s adviser for health affairs, an increase of COVID-19 infections is anticipated to start from October-December in connection with the expected growth of the number of patients with the seasonal flu.
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