Egypt’s COVID-19 cases rise to 210 amid intensified precautionary measures

An Egyptian Quarantine Authority employee holds out a health form to be filled in by incoming travellers at Cairo International Airport on February 1, 2020, amidst efforts to detect possible cases of SARS-like "Wuhan coronavirus" (novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV). (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
An Egyptian Quarantine Authority employee holds out a health form to be filled in by incoming travellers at Cairo International Airport on February 1, 2020, amidst efforts to detect possible cases of SARS-like “Wuhan coronavirus” (novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV). (Photo by – / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

The Egyptian Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday 14 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total number in the country since mid-February to 210.

“The 14 new cases that tested positive for the virus include two foreigners and 12 Egyptians,” said the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed in a statement, noting the cases all had contact with previously confirmed COVID-19 cases.

On the other hand, two cases recovered and were discharged from the quarantine hospital on Wednesday, raising the number of cured cases to 28, according to the health ministry’s spokesman.
Egypt has so far recorded six deaths of the pandemic, including three Egyptians and three foreigners all aged between 50 and 78.

Meanwhile, the most populous Arab country has recently been taking strict precautionary measures to control the spread of the virus.

The measures include shutting down schools, universities and all classes temporarily, suspending flights, reducing employees, prohibiting smoking hookah or shisha at coffee shops and sterilizing means of transport, government departments, hotels and tourist attractions.

On Wednesday, Egypt started sterilizing hotels and places frequented by foreign tourists in the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada as the first stage of sterilizing all hotels and resorts across the country.
“The sterilization process is carried out by efficient and trained teams according to international standards,” said Maged Fawzi, head of Egypt Hotels Association, pointing out that the used sterilization material is approved by the Health Ministry.