Egypt records 659 COVID-19 cases as daily new infections, deaths keep dropping

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CAIRO, July 24 (Xinhua) — Egypt reported on Friday 659 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 91,072, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.

The death toll from the virus rose to 4,518 after 38 new fatalities were added, the lowest daily number in nearly six weeks, Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

Meanwhile, 904 new patients were discharged from hospitals after fully cured, raising the total recoveries in Egypt to 31,970, he added.

It is the 16th consecutive day for Egypt’s COVID-19 daily infections to fall below 1,000, as record 1,774 infections were seen on June 19.

Egyptian health officials said that the declining daily infections and deaths and the increasing recoveries are good indications, stressing that citizens should remain cautious and keep strictly implementing the precautionary measures.

Egypt announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Feb. 14 and the first death from the highly infectious virus on March 8.

Over the past weeks, Egypt has been easing anti-coronavirus restrictions amid a “coexistence plan” to maintain precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.

Egypt and China have been closely cooperating in fighting the pandemic through exchanging medical aid and expertise.

In early February, Egypt provided aid to China to help with its fight against COVID-19 and China later sent three batches of medical aid to the North African country, the latest of which was in mid-May. Enditem

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