The recent slight rise in daily cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are due to citizens’ non-commitment to precautionary measures, according to Dr Hossam Hosni, Chairperson of the Ministry of Health’s Scientific Committee to Combat the Coronavirus.
During televised comments on Sunday evening, Hosni denied that Egypt is witnessing a second wave of the virus, despite the recent minor rise in numbers of new cases.
On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported 174 new coronavirus cases, and 26 new deaths. The country’s total number of confirmed cases reached 95,666 cases, with 5035 fatalities. A total of 53,779 cases have recovered and been discharged from quarantine facilities at hospitals.
Hosni previously said that Egypt is expected to record zero coronavirus infections in mid-September. He pointed out that a second surge of the disease is expected to happen after a treatment for the coronavirus has been created.
He called on Egyptians to commit to the precautionary measures, as the coronavirus still exists in Egypt.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health Hala Zayed met, on Monday, with directors of fever hospitals across Egypt, to follow-up on the latest coronavirus updates. The meeting also reviewed the delivery of suitable medical services to citizens.
Zayed noted that her ministry is communicating with all international bodies that conduct clinical trials on vaccines for the disease, and to secure a share of any potential vaccines for Egypt.
The minister stressed the need for coronavirus patients to commit to the updated treatment protocols to ensure they are cured..
Zayed warned citizens against the excessive use of vitamins and drugs hoping to cure or prevent the coronavirus. The Ministry of Health has released a statement saying that this could negatively affect human health, with all coronavirus medications to be taken under medical supervision.