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Egyptian cabinet releases video clarifying details on EG.5 coronavirus strain

The Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center shared a video on Friday which showed Presidential Advisor for Health and Prevention Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag-Eddin clarifying several details about the EG.5 strain.

Tag-Eddin stated that the symptoms of the new strain remain the same as before. Those suffering from severe symptoms must go to the doctor immediately, he advised.

He added that while all respiratory viruses are contagious, the ability of each virus and mutation to spread its infection varies.

EG.5 is a secondary strain of the XBB variant of Omicron mutant.

Avoiding infection

The Health Ministry provided some tips to prevent getting infected by the new variant, which include:
  • Getting a vaccination shot with booster doses, especially for groups most at risk
  • Staying in well ventilated areas
  • Continuous disinfection of hands and surfaces
  • Wearing facemasks in crowded, poorly ventilated places


The spread of the new strain

According to Egypt’s Health Ministry during the last 28 days, four WHO regions reported a decrease in the number of cases and deaths, and the Western Pacific region reported an increase in cases of the new variant and decrease in mortality.

The Health Ministry said that the rate of cases in five regions covered by the WHO are:
  • Western Pacific Ocean region – 97 percent
  • Africa – 80 percent
  • Southeast Asia – 51 percent
  • Europe – 18 percent
  • The Eastern Mediterranean region (which includes Egypt) -16 percent

Death rates monitored in the five WHO regions were recorded as:

  • Africa: 87 percent
  • Southeast Asia: 62 percent
  • Europe: 57 percent
  • Western Pacific Ocean region – 46 percent
  • The Eastern Mediterranean region (which includes Egypt): 15 percent

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