August 1, 2020 / 4:35 AM / 12 days ago

Egypt reports lowest coronavirus daily figure since May 3

FILE PHOTO: Women walk in front of closed shops at the gold market street following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in old Cairo, Egypt July 26, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File photo

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt reported 321 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, the health ministry said, the lowest figure since May 3.

In total, 94,078 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Egypt, of which 39,638 have recovered and 4,188 have died, including 31 on Friday, the ministry said in a statement late on Friday.

Egypt reopened resorts to foreign tourists on July 1 after tourism came to a halt in March under measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

But Egypt has not yet made it to a “safe list” of countries for resumption of non-essential travel to the European Union.

Tourism accounts for 5% of Egypt’s economic output, according to the government. The figure rises to as much as 15% if jobs indirectly related to the sector are included, analysts say.

Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Stephen Coates

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