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Egypt’s 9th doctor dies from coronavirus

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 May 2020
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An Egyptian doctor died after contracting the novel coronavirus, becoming the country's ninth physician to die from the highly contagious disease, Ihab Taher, secretary-general of the Doctors' Syndicate announced on his Facebook page late on Friday.

Taher mourned the death of Ahmed Ezzat, deputy manager of a health directorate in Egypt's Sharqiya governorate, without providing further details about his infection.

The syndicate said earlier that it did not have a tally of the number of doctors who contracted the virus and that its request to the health ministry for an update on the figure has gone unanswered.

According to a tally provided by the syndicate’s affiliates nationwide, the number of infected physicians until Thursday had reached 90, it said, adding that the number is likely to increase.

The World Health Organisation said earlier this month that infections among medical staff make up around 13 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Egypt.

Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in phone interview with a state television channel on 3 April that 12 percent of infected medical staff members contracted the virus while on duty at hospitals, while the rest were infected outside medical facilities.

A set of financial incentives has been adopted recently for Egyptian medical staff as part of the government's efforts to support members of the healthcare sector amid the coronavirus crisis.

Egypt has so far recorded 8,476 infections, including 503 fatalities.  

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