Egypt sets new record of 1,677 for daily COVID-19 infections

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An Egyptian Quarantine Authority employee holds out a health form to be filled in by incoming travellers at Cairo International Airport on February 1, 2020, amidst efforts to detect possible cases of SARS-like "Wuhan coronavirus" (novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV). (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Egypt registered 1,677 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest daily surge so far, raising the total number of infections to 42,980, Egyptian health ministry announced on Saturday.

Egypt has also reported a record of 62 single-day COVID-19 deaths, taking the death toll in the country to 1,484, said Khaled Megahed, the health ministry’s spokesman, in a statement.

Meanwhile, the spokesman added that 421 patients have recovered and left hospitals in the past 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries to 11,529.

The spokesman reiterated that all COVID-19 cases in Egypt receive necessary medical care “in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization.”

Since March 25, the Egyptian government has been imposing a nighttime curfew as a key precautionary measure in combating the deadly virus.

On Thursday, the government announced it will reduce the current nine-hour curfew to eight hours from June 14 to 30, amid a “coexistence plan” to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.

The country will also resume foreign tourism and aviation services in some coastal provinces with the least COVID-19 infections starting July 1, after they have been suspended since March 19 over coronavirus concerns.

The most populous Arab country has already started gradual reopening of services and offices, and allowed operation of over 200 hotels for local tourists with 50-percent capacity after they were given official hygiene safety certificates.

 

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