Will there be a fourth wave?
Now that we’re past the third wave, will there be wave #4? Maybe and maybe not, head of the government’s covid-19 task force Hossam Hosny told CBC last night. Whether the country experiences a new resurgence of cases later this year depends on how many of the public sign up for vaccines and follow the government’s preventative measures, he said (watch, runtime: 3:57). Deputy health minister for intensive care affairs Sherif Wadea called an end to the third wave this week, citing falling case figures and declining hospital occupancy rates in recent weeks.
Cases declined again yesterday: The Health Ministry reported 609 new covid-19 infections yesterday, down from 613 the day before and down 50% from the peak of the third wave a month ago. The country has now disclosed a total of 274,404 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 37 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 15,691.