Egypt reports 158 new COVID-19 cases, highest since mid-September

The start of the high school and Al-Azhar high school final exams, amid severe precautionary measures, sterilization, and temperature measurement for students before the start of the exam on June 21, 2020 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
The start of the high school and Al-Azhar high school final exams, amid severe precautionary measures, sterilization, and temperature measurement for students before the start of the exam on June 21, 2020 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Egypt reported 158 new COVID-19 infections on late night Tuesday, bringing its national caseload to 105,705, its health ministry said.

The new cases mark the highest daily infections in the country since Sept. 16, when 160 infections were confirmed.

Meanwhile, 12 patients died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 6,142, while 99 others completely recovered, increasing the total recoveries to 98,413, the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

Total COVID-19 recoveries currently exceed 93 percent of the total cases registered in the most populous Arab country.

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

Around mid-June, the country saw a peak of daily infections and fatalities, with a record 97 deaths on June 15 and 1,774 infections on June 19, followed by a gradual decline in the first week of July.

With the decline in infections and deaths, Egypt has been easing relevant restrictions over the past three months as part of a coexistence plan to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.