Egypt confirms 141 new COVID-19 cases, tally hits 101,641


Egypt’s COVID-19 total cases rose to 101,641 as the country confirmed 141 new infections on Thursday, said the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 19 patients died from the novel coronavirus on the same day, raising the death toll to 5,715, while 609 others were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 87,158, the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

Total recoveries in the most populous Arab country have currently reached 85.7 percent of the total cases registered in the country.

Egypt announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Feb. 14 and the first death from the viral disease on March 8.

Around mid-June, Egypt saw a peak of COVID-19 daily infections and deaths, with a record 97 deaths on June 15 and 1,774 infections on June 19, before they started to gradually decline in the first week of July.

Amid declining COVID-19 infections and fatalities as well as increasing recoveries, Egypt has been easing relevant restrictions over the past couple of months as part of a coexistence plan to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.

Egypt and China have been working together on fighting the pandemic through exchanging medical aid and expertise.

In early February, Egypt sent a batch of medical supplies to China to help with its fight against COVID-19 and China later sent three batches of medical aid to the North African country.

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