Egypt should anticipate a second wave of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in November along with other seasonal viruses, said Dr Hossam Hosni, Head of the Ministry of Health’s Scientific Committee to Combat Coronavirus.
It is necessary, on the back of this expected second wave, to conduct accurate diagnoses to differentiate between each infection, Hosni added.
On Saturday, the Ministry of Health reported 698 new coronavirus cases and 63 new deaths. The country’s total number of confirmed cases reached 87,172 cases, with 4,251 fatalities. A total of 27,868 cases have recovered and been discharged from quarantine facilities at hospitals.
In televised comments on Saturday, Hosni added that the second wave is expected to follow the development of treatments for the virus.
He mentioned that since the beginning of Egypt’s co-existence phase with the coronavirus, the numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths in Egypt have begun to decline.
“We are still in the peak phase, and we are expecting that the numbers of infections and fatalities will continue to decrease further,” he noted.
He explained that this decline reflects the success of the awareness campaign and the precautionary measures adopted by Egypt’s health authorities since the emergence of the infection in the country in late February.
Hosni reiterated that an Egyptian developed cure for the novel infection will be revealed soon.