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COVID-19 in Egypt: 413 new cases, 12 deaths on Thursday

Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population on Thursday reported 413 new coronavirus cases, 12 deaths, and 731 recoveries.

A total of 291,585 cases have been disclosed in Egypt, alongside 16,836 deaths and 244,793 recoveries.

Egypt’s fourth wave of the virus is in full force, with daily case figures ten times higher than what was recorded at the end of July.

Moreover, the Health Ministry has stated that official figures likely only represent 10 percent of actual cases.

While Egypt’s Supreme Committee for the Management of Coronavirus Crisis lifted some COVID-19 restrictions back in June, there is talk of reinstating some measures.

For now, restaurants, cafes, shops, and malls are operating on summer working hours and at 75 percent capacity.

Any facility that violates 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.

Health Minister Hala Zayed announced this week that Egypt had given 11 million doses of coronavirus vaccines so far, as it works toward vaccinating its population of 104 million.

Under the directive of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the ministry is allocating efforts to vaccinate university students, administrative workers, and those in the country’s healthcare sector.

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