CAIRO, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Egypt reported on Tuesday evening 1,303 new infections and 26 deaths of COVID-19, bringing the total cases registered in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic to 402,611, said the Egyptian Health Ministry in a statement.
It is the seventh consecutive day for the daily COVID-19 infections in Egypt to exceed 1,000 since late May, 2021. The daily case number in Egypt dropped to as low as 31 on July 27, 2021, before the new round of surge started.
Egypt began in January last year a vast vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus, starting with medical staff of government hospitals, elderly people, patients with chronic diseases and students, and the vaccination is currently open to all citizens.
In recent remarks, Egyptian Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, who is temporarily in charge of the Health Ministry, said over 51 million out of the country's 100 million citizens have been vaccinated, of which 19 million received two jabs and 32 million received one jab.
He added that the country has so far secured about 129 million doses of different coronavirus vaccines.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added 22 more countries including Egypt to the list of destinations that American citizens are advised to avoid due to very high risk of COVID-19 infection.
The update brings the number of countries categorized by CDC as "Level 4: COVID-19 Very High" to over 100.
The 22 countries newly added to the list also include Israel, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay and Albania.