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Tuesday, 10 August 2021

The daily case count inches up again in Egypt as the rest of the world grapples with delta

The Health Ministry reported 83 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 65 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 284,789 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 7 new deaths yesterday, bringing the country’s total death toll to 16,582.

The daily new case count has risen consistently for the past two weeks, with the number of new reported covid-19 infections steadily inching up since 27 July, with the exception of a brief drop on 5 August, according to our in-house covid tracker.

University students across the United States are forging covid-19 vaccination documents through apps such as Instagram and Telegram, the Associated Press reports. Administrators say a national vaccine passport application is necessary to stop the forgery.

French cafes and bars now require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19. Cafes and bars that don’t follow the strict guidelines the government has set will face a seven day closure, with repeat offenders potentially facing jail time.

Tunisia vaccinated half a million people Sunday, the health ministry announced, after receiving more than six million doses from Western and Arab countries, Reuters reports. The pick-up in pace followed a wave of protests against the government’s slow vaccination campaign, with the country having administered two vaccine doses to 1.3 million Tunisians so far.

One person in Iran dies of covid-19 every two minutes — a new person is infected every two seconds, Iranian state TV said Monday, according to Reuters. The country is grappling with its most severe surge of infections to date and posted yesterday a new record daily death toll of 588.

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