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Egypt confirms coronavirus case, the first in Africa

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Egypt has confirmed its first case of a deadly coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year and has since spread to more than two dozen countries around the world.

Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed said in a statement on Friday that the affected person was a "foreigner" who did not show any serious symptoms.

Officials were able to confirm the case through a follow-up programme implemented by the government for travellers arriving from countries where the virus has spread.

The ministry statement said the person was hospitalised and in isolation. It did not specify the person's nationality or their point of entry.

The development made Egypt the first country in the African continent to report a confirmed case, and the second in the Middle East region, after the United Arab Emirates late last month diagnosed its first cases.


'Grave threat'

Officially known as COVID-19, the virus was first detected in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in central China, in December last year.

It has so far killed almost 1,400 people and infected nearly 65,000 others globally.

Three deaths have been recorded outside mainland China - one in Hong Kong, one in the Philippines and the most recent in Japan.

More than two dozen countries have confirmed cases and several nations have evacuated their citizens from Hubei.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the virus poses a "grave threat" to the world.

Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/ ... 40134.html


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Egyptian citizen tested positive for virus after returning from Europe.

Egypt on Thursday confirmed its third case of the novel coronavirus amid the global spread of the disease, local media reported.

The new case is an Egyptian citizen who tested positive for the virus a few days after returning from Serbia and spent 12 hours in France for transit, local media said, citing the Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mogahed.

The infected citizen was put in quarantine.

Egyptian authorities earlier announced two confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,443 suspected cases of the novel virus, which all tested negative.

The number of confirmed cases across the globe has reached 95,000, with the death toll standing over 3,200.
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