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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

US advises against travel to Egypt amid rising covid cases

The US is now advising its citizens to avoid travel to Egypt due to rising covid cases. Egypt was among 22 countries — including Israel, Qatar, Bahrain and Australia — added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s “level four” watch list yesterday, indicating a “very high” risk of covid, Reuters reports. The CDC now has more than 100 countries at level four.

The Health Ministry reported 1,303 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 1,232 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 402,611 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 26 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 22,205.

China will send another 10 mn doses of Sinovac to Egypt “in the coming period,” the Health Ministry quoted China’s ambassador to Egypt as saying yesterday. The announcement came during a meeting between the ambassador and interim health minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, who signed an agreement that will see the Chinese vaccine maker set up new ooling facilities at Vacsera which will be used to store vaccines.

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