Egypt's quarantine hospitals at 59% occupancy rate, ICUs at 71%: Minister

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Jun 2020

A medical worker, clad in mask as a safety measure due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, stands in a hospital room during an official tour at Sharm International Hospital in Egypt's Sinai resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh on June 19, 2020 AFP

Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed said on Tuesday that the occupancy rate in the designated coronavirus quarantine hospitals nationwide stands at 59 percent, while the rate in intensive care units (ICUs) is 71 percent.

During a video conference with the government committee that is overseeing responses to the pandemic, Zayed said that the operation rate of ventilators in those hospitals is 23 percent.

Egypt has recorded 56,809 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday, including 2,278 fatalities.

According the health ministry’s Monday bulletin, 15,133 people have fully recovered.

The ministry has distributed home treatment kits to 9,591 adult patients and 753 children, Zayed also said.

It has also sent 74,510 kits to adults and 23,873 kits to children who had interacted with people who have contracted the virus.

Under current ministry advice, people with suspected coronavirus but mild symptoms are being asked to self-quarantine in their homes.

Zayed said that 79 percent of the patients who are currently in quarantine hospitals, where more serious cases are taken, are below 60 years old.

Of the patients in hospital, 10.5 percent also have diabetes, 5.9 percent have chest diseases, 5.9 percent have heart conditions, 1.3 percent have kidney diseases, 1.2 percent have immune system diseases, and 0.6 percent have liver diseases.

The minister added that 85.7 percent of the deaths have been among patients with chronic diseases, while the death rate among patients without chronic disease has reached 14.3 percent.

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