Egypt records 139 new COVID-19 cases

Egyptians wearing face masks against Covid-19 Khaled Desouki | AFP
Egyptians wearing face masks against Covid-19 queue up to vote on August 11, 2020, for a new senate in an upper house election. Khaled Desouki | AFP

Egypt confirmed on Sunday 139 new COVID-19 infections and 19 deaths, raising the total cases registered in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic to 96,475 and the death toll to 5,160, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 908 coronavirus patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 59,743, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed.
He stressed Egypt’s close cooperation with the World Health Organization regarding the pandemic.

Earlier this month, Egypt decided to ban anyone from entering the country without a recent PCR test that proves they are free from COVID-19, except for tourists coming via direct flights to the airports of Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Taba, and Marsa Alam.
Egypt and China have been working together on 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 sent three batches of medical aid to the North African country.
The most populous Arab country announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Feb. 14 and the first death from the highly infectious virus on March 8.