Egypt reports 871 new COVID-19 infections, 44 deaths



Mon, 18 Oct 2021 - 07:40 GMT


Mon, 18 Oct 2021 - 07:40 GMT

CAIRO – 18 October 2021:Egypt’s Health Ministry said Sunday night that 871 new coronavirus cases were detected, upping the total number of confirmed infections since the outbreak in the country began to 318,456.

In a statement, Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said 44 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 17,970.

As many as 633 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 268,843 so far, the spokesman said.

Presidential Adviser for Health Affairs Awad Tag Eddin said that 18 million citizens have been vaccinated against Covid-19 so far.

Speaking to On E TV channel, he reiterated on Saturday that the manufacturing of some 60 million doses of anti-coronavirus vaccines is set to be completed by late October.

He pointed out that 40 million citizens will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of this year. The third dose of the vaccine will start with medical cadres, the elderly and people with chronic diseases under the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

The presidential adviser praised the high turnout of citizens to receive the jab at a total of 1,200 vaccination centers. He added that the vaccination of students will start with university students, then the vaccination of other students under 18 will be considered.

Cairo International Airport received on Oct. 17 totally 1,611,090 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine provided by the US government.

The shipment was provided through COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) in cooperation with the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) as part of the Egyptian state’s efforts to diversify and expand the use of vaccines.




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