The Ministry of Health and Population announced on 3 July that it had monitored a rise of 6.9 per cent in coronavirus infection rates the week earlier. Ministry spokesperson Hussam Abdel-Ghaffar said that cases needing hospitalisation as well as death rates are stable at their lowest since the outbreak of the pandemic in in Egypt in January 2020.
Mr Abdel-Ghaffar attributed the rise in infection rates to the emergence of new sub-mutants of Omicron that spread fast but are not perilous.
He also said that it does not help that people have relaxed protective measures such as face masks, social distancing, and properly ventilated places, raising the risk of infection. Furthermore, he said, the immunity acquired by vaccines lasts no more than six months. Dr Abdel-Ghaffar advised booster doses, especially for older persons and those with underlying health conditions.
4 July 2022