News

Egypt Braces for Second Wave of COVID-19 with 4-Part Public Health Plan

Egypt Braces for Second Wave of COVID-19 with 4-Part Public Health Plan

Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed (photo: Facebook)

Egypt’s Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed detailed during a virtual meeting of the state’s coronavirus task force her agency’s plan to manage a potential second wave of COVID-19, Egypt Independent reports.

The state’s plan reportedly comprises four elements, according to the minister. The first policy objective is to improve Egypt’s COVID-19 healthcare preparedness and expanding the country’s healthcare network, which includes 320 medical facilities equipped and authorized to treat coronavirus. As per the state’s plan, these establishments are required to increase their PCR testing and chronic disease management capacities.

Additionally, the state’s plan entails expanding the country’s reserves of medical supplies, as well as enforcing strict restrictions on arriving passengers to Egypt—who are required to submit negative PCR tests upon arrival, and setting up accessible quarantine wards at healthcare facilities. The agency’s plan also calls for the production and distribution of a vaccine.

Last June, Egypt inked a deal with British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to supply the nation’s healthcare system with a vaccine currently being developed by Oxford University.

This comes following statements by Hans Kluge, regional director for Europe at the World Health Organization (WHO), who predicted an increase in COVID-19 deaths. “It is going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” the WHO official told Agence France Presse on Monday.

Behind the Lens: The Remarkable Story of This Pulitzer Prize Winning Photograph
Sinai Development Projects Target 26 Bedouin Communities to Invest in Human Potential

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt Starts With a Victory as Host of the 2021 Handball World Championship

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 14, 2021

Haneen Hossam and Mawada Al Adham Resume Detention Over Human Trafficking Charges

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 14, 2021

Haneen Hossam ‘Not Guilty’ of ‘Violating Family Values’, Mawada Al Adham’s Prison Sentence Overturned

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 12, 2021

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia Fail to Reach Final Agreement for GERD: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 11, 2021

108,000+ Egyptians Fined for Not Wearing Face Masks

Noran Alaa MorsiJanuary 9, 2021

What You Need to Know: Egypt’s Vaccine Distribution Plan

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 8, 2021

Egypt’s Public Prosecution Orders Release of Seif Bedour and Nazli Karim

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 6, 2021

Egypt Signs Reconciliation Agreement with Qatar

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 5, 2021