Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population on Wednesday reported 203 new coronavirus cases, eight deaths, and 311 recoveries.
A total of 286,938 cases have been reported in Egypt, alongside 16,691 deaths and 236,539 recoveries.
Daily figures indicate that cases are beginning to steadily rise, and officials have warned that a fourth wave of the virus is likely to grip the country again.
Health Minister Hala Zayed also announced on Monday that the delta variant was detected in Egypt in mid-July.
In June, Egypt’s Supreme Committee for the Management of Coronavirus Crisis lifted some COVID-19 restrictions, including a nine pm business curfew that had been in place since early May.
The committee, headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, agreed that restaurants, cafes, shops, and malls may return to summer working hours. Businesses may now also operate at 75 percent capacity.
However, there are still rules in place.
Any facility that violates summer hours will receive a fine and be subject to close for two weeks. Repeat violators will be shut down for a month, the committee warned.
Furthermore, restaurants and cafes may not serve shisha (hookah), religious celebrations are banned, and weddings must be held in open areas.
As of August 16, World Health Organization data states that 6.4 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Egypt, which has a population of 104 million.
The Health Ministry is currently working to issue QR-coded vaccination certificates for Egyptians and foreigners that receive their doses in the country.
According to the ministry, the certificate costs LE100 for Egyptians and US$10 for non-Egyptians.