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COVID-19 in Egypt: 318 new cases, 11 deaths on Friday

Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population on Friday reported 318 new coronavirus cases, 12 deaths, and 651 recoveries.

A total of 289,353 cases have been reported in Egypt, alongside 16,766 deaths and 240,976 recoveries.

Daily figures indicate are on the rise, and officials have predicted that a fourth wave of the virus is likely to peak in October.

Moreover, the fast-spreading delta variant has been detected.

The increase comes as many throughout the country disregard precautionary measures, including social distancing and mask-wearing.

While Egypt‘s Supreme Committee for the Management of Coronavirus Crisis lifted some COVID-19 restrictions back in June, some still remain.

Any facility that violates capacity regulations or summer hours will receive a fine and be subject to close for two weeks. Repeat violators will be shut down for a month, the committee warned.

Furthermore, restaurants and cafes may not serve shisha (hookah), religious celebrations are banned, and weddings must be held in open areas.

As of August 27, World Health Organization data states that 8.7 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Egypt, which has a population of 104 million.

The Health Ministry is currently working to issue QR-coded vaccination certificates for Egyptians and foreigners that receive their doses in the country.

According to the ministry, the local certificate costs LE100 for Egyptians and US$10 for non-Egyptians.

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