Egypt confirms 931 new COVID-19 infections, 83,001 in total

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People wearing face masks walk on a street in Cairo, Egypt, on June 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

Egypt confirmed on Monday 931 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of cases in the country since mid-February to 83,001, said the health ministry.

It is the fifth consecutive day for the country’s daily COVID-19 infections to be below 1,000 since May 28.

Meanwhile, 77 patients died from the virus, bringing the death toll 3,935, while 556 others were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 24,975, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

Egypt announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Feb. 14 and the first death from the highly infectious virus on March 8.

The country resumed international flights on July 1 after more than three months of suspension, amid a “coexistence plan” to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.

The government has recently lifted a partial nighttime curfew it imposed over the past three months, and reopened restaurants, cafes, theaters and cinemas, as well as hotels, museums and archaeological sites for tourists, all with limited capacity.

Egypt and China have been cooperating closely in fighting the pandemic through exchanging medical aid and expertise.

In early February, Egypt provided aid to China to help with its fight against COVID-19 and China later returned favor by sending three batches of medical aid to the North African country.

“So far, Chinese medical experts have held eight video conferences with Egyptian counterparts over COVID-19,” Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang said earlier this month.

On July 5, Liao delivered a batch of anti-coronavirus medical aid sent by the Chinese government to the Cairo-based Arab League.

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