Egypt confirms highest daily rise of new COVID-19 cases and deaths

A medical staff member wearing face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walks in front of hospital in downtown Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt on Saturday confirmed 1,677 new coronavirus cases and 62 deaths, the health ministry said, the highest daily increase for both counts.

In total, the Arab world's most populous country has registered 42,980 cases including 1,484 deaths, the ministry said in a statement.

(Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad and Ulf Laessing, editing by Louise Heavens)