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CORRECTION: Egypt has conducted over one million coronavirus tests: Presidential adviser

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 May 2020
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Egypt has so far conducted over one million lab tests to detect the coronavirus, Presidential Adviser for Health and Prevention Affairs Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din said on Thursday.

Tag El-Din, who was meeting with correspondents from foreign news agencies and newspapers, said that the number of infections in Egypt is within predicted limits, Sky News Arabia reported.

He did not elaborate what types of tests the figure cover.

He asserted that hospitals have enough protective equipment for their medical staff and personnel for at least 15 days.

He added that thousands of intensive care units at Egyptian hospitals are ready to receive any cases if needed.

Egypt has so far recorded 7,981 coronavirus cases and 482 fatalities.

The health ministry said on Thursday that 1,890 active cases are currently in isolation hospitals, with 211 unstable and 41 in critical condition.

Egypt placed restrictions on public gatherings and shuttered schools and places of worship in March.

Despite the unprecedented restrictions, which include a nighttime curfew, cases continue to rise, with the government attributing the increase to “people’s habits outside curfew hours,” especially during the two weeks that preceded Ramadan.

The first case of COVID-19 in Egypt was confirmed on 14 February.

 

*Correction: an earlier version of this report stated that Egypt has conducted 1 million PCR tests

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