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CAIRO – 16 November 2020: The Egyptian higher committee for novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis management agreed to open 320 hospitals for coronavirus patients amid the increasing infection rate, according to Mohamed Awad Tajuddin, Advisor to the President of the Republic for Health and Prevention Affairs on Monday.
In a symposium held at the Fayoum University, Tajuddin added that the hospitals would be allocated and equipped as soon as possible to solve problems of overcrowding of patients in the state’s chest and fever hospitals.
He added that the curve of infection rate is going up due to overcrowding, school buses, closures of windows in transportation means, and severe lack of commitment to wearing masks.
Meanwhile, Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar stated in a virtual meeting with his Iraqi counterpart on Sunday that all Egyptian educational hospitals are ready and on high alert to receive coronavirus cases. He added all the hospitals were provided with PPE and medicine needed.
The Health Ministry said Sunday that 220 new coronavirus cases were detected, upping the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in the country began to 110,767.
Eleven patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 6,453.
As many as 100 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 101,046 so far, the spokesman said.