Egypt Independent

COVID-19 in Egypt: 434 new cases, 23 new deaths on Tuesday



Egypt’s Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed 434 new coronavirus cases, ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed announced, raising the nation’s total to 119,281.

The ministry also announced 23 new deaths, bringing the nationwide death-toll from COVID-19 up to 6,813.

And 210 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals, bringing the full number of recoverees to 103,913.

Government officials continue to urge the public to adhere to precautionary measures against the virus, and the Egyptian Cabinet has called on authorities to strictly enforce the country’s mask mandate, which applies to all public transportation and indoor public spaces.

Those who do not wear a mask in the designated areas could face a fine of up to LE4,000.

Additionally, new curfew hours for retail shops, restaurants, and cafes went into effect on December 1 in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus and standardize operating hours of businesses across the country.

Furthermore, the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church decided on Sunday to suspend mass service in Cairo and Alexandria, as well as Sunday school services and church meetings in response to the surge of cases.

The Cabinet remains confident on its handling of the second wave of the virus, citing on Saturday a Bloomberg report showing that Egypt ranked second best among Arab countries in dealing with the pandemic.

Egypt has yet to reach Europe or US-like figures, however, testing in the country is not widely accessible or affordable for the average Egyptian.