On Saturday, Egypt recorded 600 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total infections tally nationwide to 177,543 since the outbreak last year, according to the ministry of health’s statement.
The statement reported 48 new deaths, bringing the overall fatalities from the virus to 10,298.
As many as 405 patients have been discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours, pushing the total recoveries to 137,294, the statement says.
Despite Egypt entering the second wave of the pandemic in early December, the country witnessed a decline in the daily infection rate in January before fluctuating up and down since last week.
Starting Saturday, medical staff at hospitals nationwide — that are not designated for coronavirus treatment — and patients with chronic diseases will be administered the coronavirus vaccines.
Egypt has vaccinated hundreds of medical staffers at coronavirus isolation and triage hospitals nationwide as a first step in the country’s vaccination campaign, which kicked off in mid-January.