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Egypt witnesses rise in covid cases

A picture taken by a doctor at the Sheikh Zayed hospital in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 29, 2020, shows members of a medical staff, wearing protective gear, intubating a patient in the isolated ward for the coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. [YAHYA DIWER/AFP via Getty Images]
A picture taken by a doctor at the Sheikh Zayed hospital in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 29, 2020, shows members of a medical staff, wearing protective gear, intubating a patient in the isolated ward for the coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. [YAHYA DIWER/AFP via Getty Images]

Egypt has witnessed a rise in the number of coronavirus infections over the past week, with 51 new cases yesterday.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that it recorded 31 cases last Tuesday, 38 cases on Wednesday, 42 cases on Thursday, 45 cases on Friday, 47 cases on Saturday and 49 on Sunday, bringing the total number of coronavirus infections in Egypt to 284,362.

Earlier, the minister's advisor for research, Noha Assem, said she expected the country to face a fourth wave of coronavirus in September, noting that "the ministry is working to delay the onset of this wave".

"People's movements and behaviour are the main factors that increase or decrease the infection rate," Assem said, adding that the death rate among young people and children had not changed as a result of the emergence of the Delta variant which indicates that it has not spread in Egypt so far.

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