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Egyptian official assures hospitals at the ready for future coronavirus outbreaks

Hospitals are prepared at any time to receive coronavirus cases, Adviser to the President of the Republic for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag Eddin assured Monday, during a telephone interview with presenter Ahmed Moussa, on Sada al-Balad channel.

Tag Eddin advised citizens to adhere to wearing masks and using disinfectants at gatherings or in contact with people infected with the coronavirus.

He stressed that most of the infections are mild and do not require hospitalization, explaining that 90 million doses of the vaccine have been provided in Egypt.

The effectiveness of the vaccine ranges between four and six months, he added, explaining that people most vulnerable to infection with coronavirus must obtain the third dose – available free of charge to everyone.

Egypt has a strategic reserve of medicines to counter the increase in coronavirus cases, he assured.


Rising cases cause concern

The Ministry of Health and Population said in an urgent Facebook post on Sunday that it had detected an increase in community coronavirus infection rates by 6.9 percent during the past week.

The ministry indicated that this is likely due to a combination of factors such as the Omicron strain mutating further and laxity of citizens in following precautionary measures during gatherings and closed places.

The ministry also recommended that those who did not receive the vaccine should receive it, and those who have been vaccinated for six months should receive a booster dose.

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