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March 01, 2020

Sisi calls for strict health measures to combat COVID-19

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed Sunday 01/03/2020 the authorities concerned to implement tough public health control measures at all ports of entry nationwide to combat coronavirus (COVID-19) spread.

Sisi issued his directives during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Health and Population Minister Hala Zayed.

The meeting took up the latest developments in the coronavirus global crisis as well as the ministry's precautionary plan to deal with at the national level, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

Sisi ordered the government to increase domestic preparedness in cooperation between all the bodies concerned.

He also instructed the ministry to carry out necessary awareness campaigns and provide citizens with accurate information on the new coronavirus epidemic. 

March 02, 2020

Health Ministry: 2nd coronavirus of foreigner confirmed in Egypt

The Health Ministry and the World Health Organization on Sunday 01/03/2020 announced that a second coronavirus case of a foreigner was confirmed in Egypt.

In a joint statement, Khaled Megahed, the ministry's spokesman, said that the case tested positive for the virus after he was underwent the laboratory tests.

The case's health condition is stable, Megahed noted.

The number of infected cases reached two, he stated, pointing out that the first case was discharged of the hospital.

All the country's ports and airports are on high alert and the ministry follows up the situation 24/7.

In this regard, WHO representative in Egypt John Jabbour lauded the rapid response of the Egyptian government in dealing with the confirmed case.

PM follows up Health Ministry's efforts in dealing with foreign-COVID-19 patient

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli reviewed on Monday 02/03/2020 a report of the Preventive Medicine Sector of the Health Ministry about its dealing with the foreign-COVID-19 patient and testing people who were in contact with the confirmed case.

Alaa Eid, the head of the sector, said that the infected case, who works for an Egyptian company, arrived in the country in February and had a transit stop in another country for four hours.

The patient, who had the virus symptoms, headed for a clinic on March 1 for medical care, Eid noted.

The case was isolated at a single isolation room at El Negelah Central Hospital.

The ministry ordered the Egyptian company's administration to secure all its entrances and exits and offer detailed information about people who left the company's building over the last 10 days, he added.

Seven people, who were in contact with the case, have been tested, he further said.

Moreover, 1,500 people, who are potentially in contact with the case and were in the company's vicinity, were quarantined for 14 days, he pointed out.

PM follows up latest developments regarding coronavirus

Meeting under Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli Monday 02/03/2020, the Cabinet reviewed a report by the Health Ministry on the latest world statistics about coronavirus.

The statistics are provided by an interactive website launched by the World Health Organization on January 30.

According to the latest toll, the number of confirmed cases has reached 88,371 worldwide, of them 79,971 are reported in China, said Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad.

The total deaths reached 2,996 cases, he added.

Besides China, the virus is locally spreading at high rates in South Korea, Italy, Japan, Germany, France, Iran and Singapore.

About 90.4 percent of the cases are reported in China alone.

Other cases appeared in Thailand, Vietnam, the US, Australia, Nepal, Malaysia, Canada, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, the UAE, Finland, India, the Philippines, Russia, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Oman, Iraq, Pakistan, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, Norway, Greece, Georgia, North Macedonia, Brazil, Algeria, San Marino, the Netherland, Denmark, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania, North Ireland, Nigeria, Iceland, Belarus, Azerbaijan, New Zealand, Mexico, Qatar, Monaco, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic and Armenia.

As for Egypt, Saad said the Health Ministry report indicated that a second case had been detected.

A foreigner was diagnosed with the virus late Sunday, the spokesman explained, believing this reflects the effectiveness of the preventive plan outlined by the Ministry.

The Health Ministry has raised the alert level to maximum at all medical facilities and quarantine departments with the aim to early detect the virus. 

March 03, 2020

PM follows up precautionary measures applied at land, maritime ports to counter COVID-19

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli met on Tuesday 03/03/2020 with Minister of Transport Kamel el Wazir to follow up on precautionary measures adopted by the transport ministry to check on travelers at the land and maritime checkpoints as part of the state's plan to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Wazir shed light on the measures applied at Alexandria Harbor, which is one of the most important Egyptian ports and the biggest in receiving travelers. He briefed the premier on the checks carried out at a Maltese tourist vessel coming from Greece with 629 tourists of various nationalities on board along with a crew of 400 members.

The minister noted that the vessel has been thoroughly inspected in the presence of Alexandria Port Authority Chairman Tarek Shahin accompanied by Director of the Police Administration Ezzat Abdel Qader.

Wazir said a team of the medical quarantine administration checked up on the tourists and they did not show any symptoms of illness.

He also asserted that the vessel will make five trips during the period from March 2 till 30 and all measures will be meticulously implemented to secure the entry of the tourists with all-out easy and safety means. 

PM reviews Civil Aviation Ministry measures against coronavirus

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli received on Tuesday 03/03/2020 a report on the measures adopted by the Civil Aviation Ministry and its affiliated companies to confront the novel coronavirus in line with the directives of the political leadership.

Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Manar Enabah said the ministry is cooperating with the Health Ministry in this concern.

He added that the ministry placed all airports on high alert and took all needed precautionary measures.

He added that all workers at the airports are committed to the preventive health measures.

Report: Five coronavirus cases tested negative

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli received on Tuesday 03/03/2020 a report from the Health Ministry indicating that five Egyptians coming from abroad were admitted to fever hospitals in Abbassiya, Sheben el Koum and Kafr el Sheikh after being suspected of carrying coronavirus.

The report indicated that the five tested negative for the virus.

March 05, 2020

PM reviews report on reported coronavirus cases returning from Egypt

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli on Thursday 05/03/2020 reviewed a report prepared by Health Minister Hala Zayed on reported coronavirus cases of foreigners returning from Egypt.

The note detailed that there were reports on Feb. 28 that two French people and people from Canada and Taiwan were infected with the novel coronavirus after returning from Egypt.

The report explained that the Ministry of Health formed a team to move to Cairo and Luxor governorates to make medical tests for all people who contacted these foreigners and all contacting people tested negative.

The ministry also contacted all local and international bodies concerned on these reports to take all necessary actions, the report added. 

Information Minister: Gov’t deals with coronavirus spread with full transparency

Minister of State for Information Minister Osama Heikal has stressed that the Egyptian government is dealing with the global spread of coronavirus with full transparency.

Heikal gave the remarks during a seminar here on the way Arab societies are depicted in the West. The seminar comes as part of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) which opened on Thursday 05/03/2020.

He reaffirmed that Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli holds periodic meetings to follow up all developments and measures taken to deal with any suspicious cases of the novel coronavirus and check all travelers coming to Egypt.

Heikal added that the government immediately announced the first coronavirus case in Egypt once it was confirmed as well as the other cases of foreigners and an Egyptian national who returned home from Serbia.

March 06, 2020

Health Ministry: 12 coronavirus cases detected on Nile cruise ship coming from Aswan

The Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 12 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases were detected on a Nile cruise ship heading to the southern city of Luxor from Aswan on Friday 06/03/2020.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khalid Megahed said that a Taiwanese female tourist of American origin was on board the ship, adding upon her return home, information was received from the WHO and the International Health Regulations on the discovery of her infection with the Coronavirus.

According to the WHO report, this index case or patient zero of the coronavirus is the cause of infection for the other COVID-19 cases that have been detected on board the ship.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population, in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization, immediately took all preventive and precautionary measures against those who have come into contact with this index case and made the necessary check-ups and tests, the spokesman said.

The Health Ministry Spokesman said that the health condition of all those who have been in contact with the Taiwanese tourist was followed up over 14 days and did not show any symptoms, the spokesman said.

On the 14th day, the last day of the coronavirus' incubation period, 12 COVID-19 cases of Egyptians working on board the cruise ship were detected after they underwent Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, the spokesman added.

The 12 cases were quarantined in a hospital, the spokesman said. The Health Ministry will institute a 14-day mandatory quarantine for the other suspected cases, he added.

Health Minister in Luxor over 12 confirmed coronavirus cases

Health Minister Hala Zayed arrived in Luxor on Friday 06/03/2020 to inquire after 12 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases that were detected earlier today aboard a Nile cruise ship.

An official source said the minister will directly monitor sterilization and follow-up process.

The confirmed cases, who tested positive for the virus but showed no symptoms, are being moved to Negelah Central Hospital in Marsa Matrouh assigned to be a quarantine hospital for coronavirus, the source added.

Health Minister: 2,166 suspected cases test negative for coronavirus

Up to 2,166 suspected cases have tested negative for coronavirus in Egypt since January, Health Minister Hala Zayed said in a statement Friday 06/03/2020.

Fifteen cases have tested positive, including 12 cases confirmed Friday in Luxor, an Egyptian national returning from Serbia passing by France and two foreigners, she added.

All the confirmed cases had been moved to the Negelah Central Hospital in Marsa Matrouh, while those who were in contact had been submitted to a 14-day quarantine, Zayed noted.

Moreover, 61 suspected cases, who were returning from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, were tested negative, she added.

The minister pointed out that the first coronavirus case was discharged from the quarantine center after he had recovered.

She affirmed that any suspected case nationwide will be announced in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Health Ministry raises its preparedness at all the country's ports to monitor the virus developments.

March 07, 2020

Civil aviation minister follows up precautionary measures at Cairo airport

Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar on Saturday 07/03/2020 inspected Cairo International Airport to follow up the measures that have been taken to conduct medical tests for the arriving passengers.

This falls within the framework of intensified efforts being exerted by all state bodies to counter coronavirus (COVID-19), said a statement by the ministry.

Manar asserted the importance of conducting compulsory medical tests for all air crews, people working at the airport and those who are directly dealing with the planes and passengers.

Manar asserted the importance of constant cooperation between people working at the airport and the Health Ministry's prevention teams.

Meanwhile, head of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation Mohamed Mahrous toured Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to inspect precautionary measures adopted to combat coronavirus.

Deputy aviation minister inspects protective measures at Aswan airport

Deputy Civil Aviation Minister Montasser Mannaa inspect on Saturday 07/03/2020 protective measures taken against the novel coronavirus at Aswan airport.

He listened to an explanation on quarantine measures and ways of protection applied at the airport.

During his tour, Mannaa also was briefed on the workflow at the airport and its potentials, and capacity.

He inspected the terminals, runways, security measures, and other services provided to the passengers.

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