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Sunday, 5 December 2021

Booster shot registration is opening soon

Registration for booster shots will be available “within days” for senior citizens, individuals who have a qualifying chronic medical condition, and medical staff, Health Ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi. The ministry had decided late last month to begin rolling out booster shots for the most vulnerable. Meanwhile, the ministry has so far inoculated more than 500k students aged 12-15, while the number of 15-18 year-olds who received the jab currently stands at around 262k, Abdel Ghaffar said (watch, runtime: 3:50). A senior government official had initially said that registration would open last Wednesday.

Non-vaccinated Egyptians will not be able to work in Jordan starting 15 December, the Manpower Ministry said in a statement.

Qatar reduces quarantine period travelers from Egypt: People traveling from Egypt to Qatar will now only have to spend two days in hotel quarantine upon arrival after the Qatari health ministry removed Egypt from a list of countries which require a full week of quarantine. Travellers are still required to take a PCR test before and after the flight.

Switzerland has scrapped quarantine requirements for all travelers: Switzerland has backtracked on the requirement it introduced last week for all travelers from Egypt and other foreign visitors to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, the Swiss Federal Council said in a statement. All visitors (vaccinated and unvaccinated) will still need to present a negative PCR test both before entering the country and between four and seven days after their arrival.

The Health Ministry reported 892 new covid-19 infections yesterday, down from 933 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 362,260 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 39 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 20,682.

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