Egypt records 149 new COVID-19 cases, death toll nears 6000

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-03 15:17:44|Editor: huaxia

CAIRO, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Egypt registered late on Friday 149 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number in the country to 103,466, said the Health Ministry.

In a statement, the ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed said 10 patients died from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,956.

Meanwhile, 288 others were completely cured and dispatched from hospitals, brining the total recoveries to 97,143.

Egypt announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Feb. 14 and the first death from the viral disease on March 8.

Around mid-June, Egypt saw a peak of COVID-19 daily infections and deaths, with a record 97 deaths on June 15 and 1,774 new cases on June 19, before they started to decline in the first week of July.

Amid declining COVID-19 infections and fatalities, Egypt has been easing relevant restrictions over the past couple of months as part of a coexistence plan to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.

Egypt and China have been cooperating closely in fighting the pandemic through exchanging medical aid and expertise.

In early February, Egypt sent a batch of medical supplies to China to help with its fight against COVID-19 and China later sent three batches of medical aid to the North African country. Ednitem