Iranian family wear protective masks to prevent contracting a coronavirus, as they stand at Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran February 20, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS
CAIRO – 21 November 2020: A new strain of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading among Egyptians, said Advisor to the Egyptian president for health and prevention affairs Mohamed Awad Tag el-Din on Friday evening, revealing that from 20% to 25% of the infected cases need hospitals.
In a phone call with "Akher Al-Nahar" talk show on Al-Nahar T.V., Tag el-Din added that the number of infected people is expected to increase due to the cold weather, calling upon people to be vigilant in dealing with the virus.
He said it is likely that a person who is infected with the virus and does not show any symptoms could cause many infections to others, stressing the importance of wearing face masks in all public places.
Egypt's Health Ministry said Friday that 363 new coronavirus cases were detected, upping the total number of confirmed cases to 112,318.
In a statement, the Ministry said 13 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 6,521.
As many as 121 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 101,685 so far.