“There will be no New Year’s celebrations or gatherings as part of the precautionary measures taken to deal with the coronavirus,” the prime minister said in a statement released after a cabinet meeting.
Egypt’s daily number of novel coronavirus cases has risen steadily in recent weeks, and the most populous country in the Arab world has officially recorded more than 127,000 cases, including more than 7,100 deaths.
Although the official cure rate remains high, limited testing of the general population has fueled fears that the cases will go undetected.
Mohammed al-Nady, a member of Egypt’s national coronavirus crisis committee, told prominent talk show host Lamees al-Hadidi on Monday that “infections, in reality, are at least 10 times higher than what is officially announced, and that’s nice ”. .
Health and Population Minister Hala Zayed told the cabinet meeting on Wednesday that 364 hospitals across the country, with a capacity of 5,000 “care beds” and equipped with 2,400 ventilators, would be ready. to receive seriously ill Covid-19 patients if necessary, according to the press release.