Sun, 12 Jul 2020

CAIRO, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Egypt witnessed on Wednesday the lowest new daily COVID-19 infections in a week with 1,079 cases reported, bringing the total infections in the country to 28,615, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 36 patients died from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 1,088, Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

The country also saw a record of daily recoveries as 523 patients were completely cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 7,350, according to the statement.

Megahed emphasized that all hospitalized COVID-19 cases in Egypt receive necessary medical care in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization.

Earlier in the day, Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed told a cabinet video conference meeting that nearly 5,500 coronavirus patients have been receiving medical treatment nationwide while being self-isolated at their homes.

She added that over 5,000 healthcare units have recently been delivering necessary medications to home-confined patients and those in contact with confirmed cases.

The Health Ministry is currently working on increasing the number of hospitals treating coronavirus patients from 340 to 376, amid rising numbers of infections.

Egypt announced its first confirmed COVID-19 infection on Feb. 14 and the first death from the highly infectious virus on March 8, both of whom were foreigners.

Since March 25, the Egyptian government has been imposing a constantly renewed nighttime curfew, which varied between nine and 13 hours, to curb the spread of the virus.

The current nine-hour nighttime curfew will continue until mid-June, when the government considers easing relevant restrictions amid a "coexistence plan" to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming services, businesses and economic activities.

Egypt and China have been cooperating closely in combating COVID-19 through exchanging medical aid and expertise.

Since mid-April, Chinese doctors have held three video conferences with Egyptian counterparts to share their experience in the prevention and treatment of the novel coronavirus.

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