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Egypt Says Has Sufficient Supply of Medicine, Medical Equipment to Combat COVID-19

Egypt Says Has Sufficient Supply of Medicine, Medical Equipment to Combat COVID-19

Thursday, 14 January, 2021 - 07:15
A view of Ataba square during Eid al-Fitr, Cairo, Egypt. Reuters file photo

The Egyptian government has affirmed that there is sufficient storage of medicine and medical supplies to fight the outbreak of the coronavirus for several more months.

The Media Center of Egypt's Council of Ministers also denied rumors that prices of protective face masks and disinfectants have increased amid the second wave of the pandemic.

The medical supplies available in the market are being sold at low prices, compared to prices during the first wave, especially after setting up new production lines, the cabinet's media center affirmed.

It also reveal conducting inspection campaigns on pharmacies and markets to prevent price gouging.

Egypt has about 180 production lines, with a production capacity of about 50,000 masks per line, which is equivalent to about 9 million face masks per day, according to the statement.

The country allowed imports and opened new factories for manufacturing masks to help cut the prices. Fabric masks were also supplied by the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trading.

For her part, Health Minister Hala Zayed is constantly following up on Oxygen supplies, hospitals, and available beds.

The Scientific Committee to Combat Coronavirus submits a daily report on hospitals and patients, in addition to another report on the availability of drugs, as well as medical and Oxygen supplies.

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed 970 new coronavirus cases bringing the country’s total cases to 151,723. Also, the covid-19 death toll has reached 8,304 nationwide after the ministry announced 55 new deaths.

Egypt’s total number of recoveries reached 119,635 so far.

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