Egypt detects new 879 coronavirus cases with 52 deaths

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Sat, 16 Jan 2021 - 10:11 GMT

Test tube with Coronavirus name label is seen in this illustration. (File photo: Reuters)

Test tube with Coronavirus name label is seen in this illustration. (File photo: Reuters)

CAIRO - 16 January 2020: The Health Ministry reported in a statement on Friday that 879 new coronavirus cases were detected, upping the total number of confirmed cases to 154,620.


Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said 52 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 8,473.



As many as 720 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 121,792 so far, the spokesman said. 

 

In December, Health Minister officially announced that Egypt is facing the second wave of coronavirus.
 
 
The Cabinet, in response, announced further measures to curb the spread of the novel virus, including imposing an immediate fine on people not wearing face masks in closed places and public transportation. The decision came into effect on Sunday January 3.
 
 
Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad, in remarks to media in December, said the ventilator use rose to 42 percent and that Egypt has prepared 363 hospitals for quarantine, the same number of hospitals for quarantine as that it prepared during the peak of the first wave.

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