Egypt confirms 119 new COVID-19 cases, 103,317 in total

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 late on Thursday 119 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number registered in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic to 103,317, said the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 16 patients died from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 5,946, while 361 others were completely cured, increasing the total recoveries to 96,855, the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

Total COVID-19 recoveries in Egypt have reached 93.7 percent of the total cases registered in the most populous Arab country.

Egypt announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Feb. 14 and the first death from the viral disease on March 8.

Around mid-June, Egypt saw a peak of COVID-19 daily infections and deaths, with a record 97 deaths on June 15 and 1,774 new cases on June 19, before they started to decline in the first week of July.

Amid declining COVID-19 infections and fatalities, Egypt 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 cooperating closely in fighting the pandemic through exchanging medical aid and expertise.

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