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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Tourism workers can now get vaccinated

The Health Ministry will start today vaccinating registered tourism workers at two centers in South Sinai and Red Sea after rolling out the pilot phase yesterday, spokesperson Khaled Megahed told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib last night (watch, runtime 2:05). The Health Ministry wants to get all workers in the sector vaccinated before the summer tourist season begins in June.

Some 177k people have so far been vaccinated out of the 928k who have applied to get the jabs, Megahed noted, calling on more citizens to register. Many have been redistributed to new vaccine centers to avoid overcrowding. The government has vaccinated 90% of registrees who suffer from three chronic diseases and 50% of those with two, he said.

Did you miss your appointment? You have three days to go and get it, else you’ll have to start the registration process again, Megahed said (watch, runtime: 2:12).

The Health Ministry reported 767 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 709 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 205,732 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 47 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 12,210.

Only folks with immunity against covid-19 will be allowed to perform the year-round umrah pilgrimage starting this Ramadan, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said in a tweet. That means people who are fully vaccinated (two jabs if you’re getting AstraZeneca, Pfizer, etc), who took the first dose 14 days prior to travel or who have fully recovered from the infection are eligible. The condition applies to those who will attend prayers in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, or enter the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, France24 reported.

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