Egypt registers 176 new COVID-19 cases, tally nears 100,000

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

Egypt reported on Tuesday 176 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 99,115 the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Also on Tuesday, 19 patients died from the coronavirus, raising the death toll to 5,440, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, 899 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 73,828, the ministry revealed.

Egypt 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.

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

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