525,000 Egyptians vaccinated against coronavirus so far: Health Ministry

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Thu, 22 Apr 2021 - 06:21 GMT

CAIRO – 22 April 2021: The number of Egyptians who have been vaccinated against coronavirus in Egypt reached 525,000 citizens according to head of the preventive medicine sector at the Ministry of Health Alaa Eid.

He added in statements, Thursday to extra news channel that the vaccination campaign started with the elderly, people with chronic diseases, staff at the medical and tourism sector, and the groups most in need of this vaccine.

 He added that the whole world is witnessing an increase of coved-19 infections since last March, with nearly rate of 50%.

On April 19, the Health Ministry said that Egypt is still at the beginning of the third wave, and there are measures to push to reduce the cases while providing full support to the governorates in which the infection rates have recently increased.

The Ministry noted that Upper Egypt governorates have the highest infection rates; however, all means of support were given to hospitals and authorities to control the hike.

Egypt recorded, Wednesday 861 new coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours, according to The Health Ministry. Other 46 people died.

The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases since the outbreak bigging in Egypt hit 218,902, according to the statement.

Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said that 435 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 164,803 so far.

Egypt has started its vaccination campaign in January, starting with the medical teams at quarantine hospitals, for being on top of priority groups in terms of vaccination.

Egypt has received Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccine doses. As on 1 April, Egypt received a shipment comprising 854,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses, upping total number of the received vaccine to around 1.5 million doses.

 

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