Amid growing approach with reopening different sectors, Egypt announced yet another record single-day COVID-19 spike on Monday. The Ministry of Health reported 1,691 new coronavirus cases, and 97 new fatalities. The latest figures pushed the country’s total confirmed cases to 46,289, with 1,672 fatalities. A total of 12,329 cases have recovered so far.
Egypt saw a record 24-hour high of 91 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, rising from the 62 fatalities reported on Saturday. The coronavirus case counts began to jump to over 1,000 new infections per day since 28 May. On 31 May, a 24-high of 1,536 cases was recorded before figures briefly declined until it rose again on 13 June with 1,677 cases.
The daily totals of coronavirus cases are expected to exceed 2,000 in the coming period, according to Dr Hossam Hosni, Chairperson of the Scientific Committee to Combat the Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus fatalities among Egyptian doctors increased to 68, after eight new deaths were recorded between Saturday and Monday. Dr Ibrahim El-Zayat, Egyptian Medical Syndicate (EMS) council member, who provided the new figures, added that 454 doctors have confirmed infection so far.
The new deaths among doctors include: Dr Adel Fouad Ramzy, Professor of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine in Kasr Al-Eini; Dr Ali Hassan Al-Arabi, a Consultant of Hepatology; and Dr Amira Mounir, Professor of Ophthalmology at Ain Shams University.
Wael Sarhan, Head of the Egyptian Ambulance Organization Employees’ Syndicate, added that the number of infections among its employees has risen to 160, with five fatalities so far.
Also on Monday, the Ministry of Health announced its plan for the upcoming Thanaweyya Amma exams which are due to start on 21 June. It has allocated or 560 ambulances to be present near to examination areas across the country.
The Ministry of Health will also allocate nearby hospitals to receive suspected coronavirus cases reported among students or teachers. A 24-hour emergency operation room has been formed to receive reports from exams committees.
Thermometer guns will also be provided to measure the temperature of students as they enter examination rooms, with sterilisation and disinfection products also on hand. All students and exam invigilators present during the exams will be required to wear face masks, the Ministry of Health added.