Egypt’s Acting Minister of Health and Population, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, announced on Wednesday a decrease in infection rates with the Coronavirus during the current epidemiological week compared to the previous epidemiological week by 55%, in addition to a 20% decrease in deaths.
During a meeting with the ministry’s leaders and heads of bodies and sectors, to follow up on the epidemiological position, the minister listened to a detailed explanation about the epidemiological situation of the COVID-19, and the rates of weekly change in the numbers of confirmed infections and deaths.
The meeting also addressed reports on hospital occupancy rates at the level of the governorates of the republic, which indicated a decrease in occupancy during the last week of last July by 60 % compared to the last week of the same month.
According to the Health Ministry, the vaccination status reports during the months of June and July 2022, showed that 75% of cases who needed isolation in hospitals did not receive the vaccine.
Abdel Ghaffar confirmed that no positive cases of monkeypox had been proven in Egypt so far, as he followed up the ministry’s procedures in the framework of preparedness for the global outbreak of monkeypox, explaining that an integrated guideline for the disease was issued and updated according to the developments of the global and regional epidemiological situation, and published in all governorates.
The ministry is also monitoring all entry points of the country including airports and ports to detect arrivals against the monkeypox disease.
Moreover, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, indicated that the minister was briefed during the meeting on a presentation submitted by Hisham Zaki, head of the central administration for non-governmental treatment institutions and licenses.
The presentation addressed the developments of the medical licensing system, where the minister directed to quickly facilitate and standardize procedures and reduce the time period for obtaining licences, taking into account the standards of the General Authority for Accreditation and Health Control, within the comprehensive health insurance system.