Egypt witnessed on Thursday its highest single-day recoveries from COVID-19, as 991 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, bringing the total recoveries in the country to 31,066, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.
On the same day, 40 patients died from the novel coronavirus, marking the lowest daily fatalities in nearly six weeks and raising the death toll to 4,480, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.
Meanwhile, 668 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed on Thursday, increasing the total cases registered in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic to 90,413, he added.
It is the 15th consecutive day for Egypt’s COVID-19 daily infections to fall below 1,000, as a record 1,774 infections were seen on June 19.
Egyptian health officials say 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.
“We are on the right track. The infections are declining and the curve is going down. But we still urge the people to maintain implementing the precautionary measures and don’t take it lightly,” Sherif Wadie, the health minister’s consultant for emergency and intensive care, told Xinhua on Thursday.
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.