Egypt to demand virus vaccination for officials | WGN 720 radio
CAIRO (AP) – The Egyptian government will soon require officials to have a vaccination certificate or to present a negative weekly COVID-19 test before entering their workplace.
The government announced the new measures on Sunday evening. He said the requirements will be enforced from November 15. The measures also require the public to show proof of vaccination to enter government buildings from December 1, according to a government statement.
The idea is to encourage people to get vaccinated, as the country of more than 100 million people suffers from a fourth wave of the pandemic.
Health Minister Hala Zayed said the government has obtained more than 62 million COVID-19 vaccines, and 7.8 million more vaccines are expected to arrive this month.
She said about 31.7 million vaccines had been given to residents since the vaccination campaign began in January.
The government has stepped up efforts in recent weeks to immunize students, teachers, and university and school staff.
Earlier this year, Egypt made compulsory vaccination of workers at tourist sites and resorts in the Red Sea and elsewhere in a bid to revive its battered tourism sector.
Egypt has seen a slight increase in confirmed cases in recent weeks, with an average of 800 cases reported every day this month.
The health ministry recorded 871 cases and 44 deaths on Sunday, bringing the tally to around 318,460 confirmed cases, including 17,970 deaths. However, the actual number of COVID-19 cases, as elsewhere in the world, is believed to be much higher in part due to the limited number of tests.
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