Egypt blames spike in Covid-19 cases on family visits during Ramadaan

By Chad Anthony Williams Time of article published8m ago

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Cape Town – Family visits during the holy month of Ramadaan and visits on the religious holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr were behind the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Egypt, said presidential adviser Mohamed Awad Tag el-Deen.

According to Egypt Today, Awad Tag el-Deen said that health authorities and medical facilities were still able to handle the numbers should cases increase further.

The adviser said despite the national curfew imposed by the government to stall the spread of the coronavirus, many Egyptians flouted lockdown rules and continued visiting family and gathered to break their daily fast during the month of Ramadaan.

Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed said the number of quarantine hospitals rose from 18 to 340, with a total capacity of 35,152 beds; 3,539 ICU beds; 2,218 ventilators; 125 CT scanners; and 643 X-ray devices, reported Egypt Today.

On Sunday, Egypt recorded its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak, with 1,536 infections and 46 new deaths, reported Daily News Egypt.

The North African country now has 24,985 cases. The number of recorded deaths, 959, is the highest on the continent, according to the latest data. However, Egypt has also posted 6,810 recoveries.

Meanwhile, even though the World Health Organisation (WHO) dropped clinical trials of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus, Egyptian health authorities said they would continue using the drug to treat the disease, Daily News Egypt reported.

A health official said the task committee on the coronavirus was aware of the side effects associated with the drug and that it was not being administered to all patients suffering from the virus.

African News Agency (ANA)