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Egyptian student contracted coronavirus a day after school shut-down: Health Ministry

Ahram Online , Saturday 14 Mar 2020
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A student at a Zamalek school tested positive for coronavirus a day after the campus had been closed as a precautionary measure, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said.
 
Megahed said in a televised statement on Friday that the student contracted the virus from his parent, who had had contact with a foreigner who tested positive for the virus. T
 
The education ministry closed City International School on Thursday as a precautionary move against the spread of the virus. 
 
The school is scheduled for sterilisation on Saturday, Megahed said, adding that the students will isolate themselves for 14 days to know whether the infected student had transmitted the virus. 
 
Egypt has not yet suspended schools and universities nationwide over the coronavirus pandemic as a precautionary measure taken by Gulf and European countries. 
 
However, education minister Tarek Shawky suspended on Wednesday “school activities”, without providing details about the activities which would be suspended. 
 
Egypt registered 13 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 93, the health ministry said.
 
Of the total number, 32 later tested negative and 21 have since recovered and were released from quarantine, it added.
 
Two of the cases detected in the country died: a 60-year-old Egyptian woman and a German tourist. 
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