Egypt reports 1,420 new COVID-19 cases, 85 fatalities 

Fatma Lotfi
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Egypt’s Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday 1,420 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, and 85 new fatalities. The latest figures pushed the country’s total confirmed cases to 59,561 and 2,450 deaths. A total of 15,935 have recovered and been discharged from hospital. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Member of Parliament (MP) Ali Ezz announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He added that he is in self-isolation after contracting the virus. 

Also on Wednesday, Zagazig University announced the death of nurse technician Souad Abdel Salam, who died from coronavirus-related complications at the university’s quarantine hospital. 

Over the last ten days, the daily virus-related deaths count has risen, with an average of 88 deaths every day. The highest daily count of fatalities during this period was recorded on 15 June, when 97 deaths were reported.

A total of 85.70% of coronavirus-related deaths were among people who had chronic diseases, while 14.30% of deaths were among people without chronic diseases,
Minister of Health Hala Zayed said on Tuesday.

A total of 79% of the quarantined cases are under the age of 60, while 21% of patients are in the 60 and above age range, Zayed added.

Of the coronavirus patients with chronic diseases, 10.5% have diabetes, 5.9% have chest diseases, 5.9% have heart disease, 1.3% have kidney disease, 1.2% have immune diseases, while 0.6% have liver diseases, Zayed said.

Figures up to 22 June, the occupancy rate of quarantine hospitals across Egypt stood at 59%, while the occupancy rate in intensive care units (ICU) stood at 71%. The usage rate of ventilators was 23%, according to Zayed.

A total of 24 university hospitals have been allocated to provide treatment and quarantine services for coronavirus patients, which have treated 3,486 cases.

These include 714 cases in stable health conditions, 225 at intensive care units, and 104 in need of ventilators, according to Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar.

Egypt will lift its nationwide night-time curfew on 27 June, as the government gradually starts to reopen most sectors as part of its coexistence plan. 

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