Egypt surpasses 50,000 coronavirus cases

Egypt registers 1,218 new cases of the new coronavirus, bringing its total number to more than 50,000.

Elad Benari ,


Egypt said on Thursday it registered 1,218 new cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases up to more than 50,000, Reuters reports.

Egypt closed itself off in March to curb the spread of the disease, shutting schools, restaurants and halting almost all international flights.

The pandemic shuttered Egypt's vital tourism industry, which the government says accounts for 5% of economic output, but analysts say it may account for as much as 15% if jobs and investment indirectly related to the industry are included.

The country hopes to be able to welcome tourists back for the summer season and has said it plans to reopen its airports to scheduled international flights from July 1.

However, the Egyptian health ministry on Thursday said it registered a total of 50,437 cases of the coronavirus and 1,938 deaths.

The country's higher education minister cited a study on June 1 estimating that the actual number of cases could be up to five times higher than the figure reported.