Health official urges Egyptians to abide by COVID-19 measures as next 10 days are most serious

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Mon, 03 May 2021 - 09:24 GMT

Men in protective masks wait for the train at a metro station in Cairo. (Reuters)

Men in protective masks wait for the train at a metro station in Cairo. (Reuters)

CAIRO – 3 May 2021: Head of the central administration for preventive affairs at Egypt's Ministry of Health Mohamed Abdel Fattah urged citizens to strictly adhere to the preventive measures against coronavirus, warning that the next 10 days are the most serious.

Abdel Fattah in remarks to media said the severity of this coronavirus wave will ease during the upcoming days.

So, far 2 million people have registered to receive the coronavirus vaccine, including 900,000 who have been already vaccinated, Abdel Fattah said.

He noted that the ministry seeks to vaccinate 200,000 citizens per day and that 360 centers have been allocated for vaccination until now.

About the coronavirus strain in the virus-ravaged India, Abdel Fattah said it has spread to 17 countries including Iraq and Jordan.

He said that this strain has not been recognized in Egypt.

So far, Egypt has reported 229,635 coronavirus cases and 13,469 related deaths.

While the country has started its vaccination campaign in January, the number of cases keeps on rising, especially as Egypt is currently suffering from a third coronavirus wave.

This surge is far more than the official numbers, health officials said frequently, urging citizens to stick to the preventive measures against coronavirus in a bid to curb the pandemic spread.

This pushed state officials, headed by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, to issue directives to expand the vaccination campaign so that priority groups then other groups get the vaccine.

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