Egypt reports 342 new coronavirus cases, 13 deaths on Thursday

Egypt reported 342 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total infection tally to 111,955 since the outbreak of the pandemic in February.

The ministry also reported 13 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 6,508.

The statement said that 143 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 101,564.

The government has recently urged caution due to the recent slight increase of the daily detected coronavirus cases in Egypt.

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, currently striking several countries globally, is more widespread and dangerous than the first one,” said Egypt’s Prime Minister at a virtual cabinet meeting on Wednesday, as he urged the importance of “avoiding the slipping into this risky curve.”

Madbouly reiterated the importance of abiding by the virus-related preventative measures in different workplaces amid a spike in the infections rate that the country has been witnessing since early November.

He called for tightening inspection campaigns on venues that flout the precautionary measures and imposing the penalties prescribed in the law alongside the decisions issued by the country’s cabinet in this regard.

 Egypt has made wearing facemasks in public places mandatory since 30 May, with violators facing hefty fines of up to EGP 4,000. This month, the government decided to shut facilities that do not comply with the precautionary measures for three days.

He also urged on reducing crowding at public workplaces, giving governmental entities and ministries discretion and flexibility to determine, upon work conditions, the needed number of employees, taking into account those with chronic diseases.

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