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Egypt records highest total coronavirus death toll in one day at 4; total cases reach 327

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Mar 2020
A man wearing a protective face mask and gloves is seen paying for a ticket at the underground Al Shohadaa "Martyrs" metro station while Egypt ramps up its efforts to slow down the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cairo, Egypt March 22, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Egypt's health ministry announced four new coronavirus fatalities on Sunday, the highest death toll in one day since the virus was first detected in the country in February.

The ministry also announced 33 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to 327 and the total deaths to 14.

The new fatalities were a 51-year-old woman, an 80-year-old man, a 73-year-old man, and a 56-year-old man, according to health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed.

All the new patients are Egyptian citizens who had come into contact with previously detected cases, said Megahed, adding that they have been quarantined in accordance with the regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The spokesman noted that 15 cases were cleared on Sunday, including seven foreigners and eight Egyptians, raising the total number of cases that have been discharged from the isolation hospital to 56.

Those are out of a total of 74 cases who have since tested negative for the virus.

Egypt has allocated EGP 100 billion to finance a "comprehensive" plan to stop the spread of the virus, in addition to other economic packages to support different sectors and social groups, including the vulnerable.

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