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Egypt reports 347 new coronavirus cases, tally surpassing 10,000
BY 2020-05-13 08:56:16

CAIRO, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's total number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 10,093 after 347 new infections were recorded on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 11 patients died from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, raising the death toll to 544, said Khaled Megahed, the spokesman for Egyptian Health Ministry, in a statement.

Egypt also witnessed a daily record of recoveries as 154 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 2,326, he said.

In an earlier statement on the occasion of the International Nurses Day, which is celebrated worldwide on May 12 every year, Megahed praised the efforts and sacrifices made by Egyptian nurses during the country's fight against COVID-19 pandemic, calling them "Egypt's white army."

Earlier in the day, Egyptian President Abel-Fattah al-Sisi expressed appreciation and respect for the nurses on their international day, hailing "the precious sacrifices they make for the sake of the noble human message they perform earnestly and honorably, particularly during this difficult stage."

Over the past week, the Egyptian government started to ease restrictions and reopen services and offices that have been suspended since mid-March, within a "coexistence plan" to carry out anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming services, businesses and economic activities.

The most populous Arab country is currently implementing a nationwide nine-hour nighttime curfew that will continue throughout the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

(Editor:Li Zhaoqi) (From:xinhua)
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