CAIRO- 19 April 2020: “Egypt still has the chance to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases,” said Omar Abul-Atta, a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergencies, Preparedness and Response Office in Egypt, on Saturday.
He added in media remarks to a talk show on Sada El-Balad T.V. channel that Egypt has registered 1,000 COVID-19 cases over 50 days and then this figure doubled in the following two weeks, adding that Egypt still has the chance to flatten the curve.
He clarified that Egypt has not reached the infection peak yet, calling upon the Egyptians to follow the protective measures and health instructions.
The Ministry of Health announced Saturday 188 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths.
According to Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed, the new cases raise Egypt’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 3032 and deaths to 224.
He added that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 980, including 701 people who recovered from the virus.
"The death rate for the COVID-19 in Egypt decreased from 7.5 percent to 7.3 percent," data published by the Health Ministry revealed.
Since mid-March, Egypt has taken certain strict measures to protect the public from the spread of coronavirus pandemic. The government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting with suspending schools and universities, and international flights.