Egypt’s Daily Reported COVID Cases Have Surpassed 1,000 for the First Time in Months

Αssociated Press

Palestinians wearing face masks sit next to their luggage as they wait to cross to the Rafah border with Egypt, in the southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

CAIRO — Egypt’s daily reported cases of coronavirus have surpassed 1,000 for the first time in months amid a surge in infections in the Arab world’s most populous country.

The Health Ministry recorded 1,003 cases and 61 fatalities in the past 24 hours.

Earlier this week, Health Minister Hala Zayed said the country of over 100 million people has experienced a “slight but continual” spike in confirmed cases in recent weeks. She said authorities have registered a weekly increase of up to 10% in some areas.

Egypt has reported more than 224,500 cases, including at least 13,168 deaths. However, the actual number of cases, like elsewhere in the world, is thought to be far higher, in part due to limited testing.