Egypt has set up additional COVID-19 inoculation sites at metro and train stations as part of its expanded vaccination campaign to curb the spread of the pandemic

The Ministry of Health on Thursday recorded 803 new cases of coronavirus, bringing to 366,634 the total number of confirmed infections since the start of the epidemic in the country.

The ministry said 42 patients have died from the disease, bringing the death toll to 20,919, while the number of recovered cases stood at 304,747.

He called on citizens to get vaccinated against the coronavirus to protect themselves against the disease.

Health officials urged citizens to continue to adhere to preventive measures, including wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing and avoiding crowded places.

The ministry stressed that the vaccine may not prevent infection, but it may impact the severity of the disease, saying all types of vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are available.

He issued a statement advising people to self-isolate once they experience flu symptoms and go straight to the hospital in case they have breathing problems.

“Twenty-three public hospitals and 21 teaching hospitals have been turned into isolation centers for COVID-19 patients,” the statement said, despite the drop in the number of cases requiring hospitalization.

Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Egypt had not yet reached the peak of the fourth wave of the pandemic.

He called on citizens to be vaccinated and to protect themselves as well as society.

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