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Egypt announces COVID-19 5th wave

January 20, 2022 at 3:04 pm

People receive Covid-19 vaccine in a health centre in Cairo, Egypt on 15 November 2021 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

Egypt has entered a new wave of the coronavirus after the number of infections had decreased in the previous wave, the Egyptian Health Ministry’s spokesperson announced yesterday.

Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said that the infections had begun “to decline in the fourth wave, but have risen again after the Omicron variant emerged.” “There is no doubt that this is a new wave of coronavirus,” he stressed.

“In the event of having symptoms of breathing difficulty, the citizen should go to the nearest hospital,” Abdel Ghaffar explained, adding that the citizen should stay at home in isolation for five days “if having common Omicron symptoms.”

The official pointed out that there was “confusion between influenza and COVID-19 these days, but we are dealing with common cold symptoms as though it is a coronavirus infection, until proven to be the opposite.”

A total of 403,990 have been infected in Egypt, 22,238 of whom have died, and 337,627 others have recovered, according to the US’ Worldometers.

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