Egypt confirms coronavirus case, the primary in Africa


Egypt has confirmed its first case of a lethal coronavirus that emerged in central China on the finish of final 12 months and has since unfold to greater than two dozen international locations world wide.

Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed mentioned in an announcement on Friday that the affected particular person was a “foreigner” who didn’t present any critical signs.


Officials had been capable of affirm the case by a follow-up programme carried out by the federal government for travellers arriving from international locations the place the virus has unfold.

The ministry assertion mentioned the particular person was hospitalised and in isolation. It didn’t specify the particular person’s nationality or their level of entry.

The improvement made Egypt the primary nation within the African continent to report a confirmed case, and the second within the Middle East area, after the United Arab Emirates late final month recognized its first instances.

‘Grave menace’

Officially referred to as COVID-19, the virus was first detected in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in central China, in December final 12 months. 

It has thus far killed almost 1,400 folks and contaminated nearly 65,000 others globally. 

Three deaths have been recorded exterior mainland China – one in Hong Kong, one in the Philippines and the latest in Japan.

More than two dozen international locations have confirmed instances and several other nations have evacuated their residents from Hubei. 

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

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information companies