Egypt records 145 new COVID-19 cases

Egyptians wearing face masks against Covid-19 Khaled Desouki | AFP
A woman wearing a face mask is seen on a street in Cairo, Egypt, Aug. 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Wu Huiwo)

Egypt on Thursday reported 145 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total cases in the country to 99,425, this is according to the Egyptian Health Ministry.

This even as 18 more patients died from the novel coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 5,479, while 789 others were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 75,415, the ministry’s 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.

Amid declining COVID-19 deaths and fatalities, the most populous Arab country has been easing relevant restrictions over the past couple of 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.