Egypt records 223 new COVID-19 cases

People wearing face masks are seen in a shopping mall in Cairo, Egypt, on Aug. 7, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)
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 registered on Friday 223 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total cases in the country to 98,285, this is according to a statement by the Egyptian Health Ministry.

The new cases marked a slight increase in Egypt’s daily COVID-19 infections, for it was the third day they exceeded 200 since Aug. 1.

Meanwhile, 20 patients died in the past 24 hours from the novel coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 5,362, while 807 others were cured and discharged from hospitals, taking the total recoveries to 70,419, according to the statement.

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

Amid declining deaths and infections, Egypt has been easing restrictions over the past two months as part of a coexistence plan to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.

Egypt and China have been working together on fighting the pandemic through exchanging medical aid and expertise.