Egypt reported on Monday its highest single-day COVID-19 deaths with 97 fatalities, taking the death toll in the North African country to 1,672, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.
According to the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed, 1,691 new COVID-19 infections have also been registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed cases to 46,289.
The spokesman added 398 patients have recovered and were discharged from hospitals, raising the total recoveries to 12,329.
Megahed highlighted Egypt’s close cooperation with the World Health Organization regarding the pandemic, the relevant case detection and the necessary medical care.
Egypt announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Feb. 14 and the first death from the respiratory disease on March 8.
Since March 25, the Egyptian government has been imposing a nighttime curfew as a key precautionary measure in combating the highly infectious virus.
On Sunday, the government started implementing a shorter eight-hour curfew instead of nine hours, which will continue until the end of the month, amid a “coexistence plan” to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.
Also on Sunday, Egypt announced that air traffic in all Egyptian airports will be resumed from July 1 as the country prepares for the return of foreign tourism, after more than three months of international flight suspension over the coronavirus concerns.
The most populous Arab country has already started gradual reopening of services and offices, and allowed operation of over 230 hotels for local tourists with 50-percent capacity after they were given official hygiene safety certificates.