Egypt's weekly COVID-19 infections 5 times higher than in 2020: minister

2021-04-28 22:05:34 GMT2021-04-29 06:05:34(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

CAIRO, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed said on Wednesday the current weekly COVID-19 infections in Egypt are five times higher than that of the same week last year.

The current weekly infections reached 5,845 cases, compared to 1,248 cases in 2020, said the minister at a cabinet meeting.

On Tuesday, the daily COVID-19 cases in Egypt exceeded 1,000 cases for the first time since Jan. 14, pushing the tally of confirmed cases in the country to 224,517.

In January, Egypt began a nationwide campaign of COVID-19 vaccination, starting with the medical staff of government hospitals.

So far, the Egyptian Drug Authority has approved China's Sinopharm and Sinovac, Russia's Sputnik V, and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use. Enditem