Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and the official who is shouldering the responsibilities of the Minister of Health, announced on Tuesday various restrictions for competing against Omicron COVID-19 strain in Egypt.
Those restrictions include suspending all direct flights from and to South Africa, in addition to checking all passengers coming from countries that reported cases with the latest strain.
He added that those passengers should have COVID-19 tests, in case there are any positive COVID-19 cases, they should be quarantined, while the negative ones should be observed for seven days.
Regarding vaccines, Abdel Ghaffar that Egypt has now more than 88 million COVID-19 doses, in addition to 3 million dose-Pfizer-patch received on November 27.
Finally, the minister asserted that there are no Omicron cases recorded in Egypt until now.
The total number of COVID-19-related deaths has now reached 20, 412 nationwide after the ministry announced 65 deaths.
About 730 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals, raising the total number of fully-recovered cases to 296,897.
On November 14, the Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) announced the start of clinical trials for CoviVacc, the country’s first coronavirus vaccine.
The authority confirmed that the vaccine is a fruitful outcome of cooperation between the National Research Center and Vaccine Valley Company.
While the daily tallies exceed 900 infections, Health Affairs Presidential Advisor Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din, stated that the fourth wave of coronavirus in the country has yet to reach its peak.
In televised remarks, he added that the number of daily injections of the virus is not stable yet.