Egypt’s Health Ministry, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayyeb, and the Doctors' Syndicate mourned the death of Ahmed El-Lawah who hailed from Port Said, northeast of Cairo.
El-Lawah, 57, a laboratory physician at Al-Azhar University, died on Monday. He was hospitalised for two days after he had tested positive for coronavirus.
The provincial General Health Care Authority in Port Said said on Monday that El-Lawah was admitted to the local Tadamon hospital in a “very critical condition” before he was sent to an isolation hospital in the port city of Ismailia.
The patient entered an “emergency room equipped with a mechanical ventilator and a CPAP mask as a medical team consisting of the hospital director, the intensive care physician, the emergency doctor, and a nursing staff trained on dealing with coronavirus cases were waiting for him," health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed stated.
His condition noticeably improved on Sunday before a “sudden deterioration” led to his death in the early hours of Monday, the statement added.
El-Lawah's death sparked grief online as social media users shared a post he wrote last week in which he urged people to “stay home” to protect themselves from the virus.
According to a tracking investigation carried out by a local health department in Port Said, the doctor was one of the direct contacts with a coronavirus case, and he was self-isolating at his home before he entered the hospital, according to the General Health Care Authority in Port Said.