Egypt’s Health Ministry on Saturday confirmed 69 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total up to 283,636.
The total number of COVID-19-related deaths has now reached 16,439 nationwide, after the ministry announced eight deaths.
And 898 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, raising Egypt’s total number of fully-recovered cases to 223,213.
Egypt’s vaccination campaign that began in January is still working to vaccinate medical staff, people over the age of 40, and those with chronic illnesses, but registration for the jab is open to all.
Egypt is currently using China’s Sinopharm vaccine and the UK’s AstraOxford vaccine. The Ministry of Health announced that it will soon begin producing Russia’s Sputnik V at VACSERA.
The Egyptian government announced at the beginning of June that 2.5 million citizens have received a vaccine against COVID-19, out of Egypt’s population of 102 million. The country aims to vaccinate 40 percent of its citizens by the end of 2021.
Egypt’s Supreme Committee for the Management of Coronavirus Crisis has decided to lift some COVID-19 restrictions, including a nine pm business curfew, that have been in place since early May.
The committee, headed by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, agreed that restaurants, cafes, shops, and malls may return to summer working hours starting June.
However, there are still rules in place. Any facility that violates summer hours will receive a fine and be subjected to closing for two weeks, and 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.