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Over 10,000 home-isolating coronavirus patients registered in Egypt: Health minister

Ahram Online , Thursday 17 Sep 2020
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Egyptian women wearing protective face masks wait to ride a bus in a staion, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Cairo, Egypt September 15, 2020. REUTERS
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The total number of home-isolating coronavirus patients in Egypt has so far reached 10,168 cases since the health ministry launched its programme for non-hospitalised cases in July, Health Minister Hala Zayed said at a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

The minister said the home-isolation programme is being implemented in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

She added that patients who are in home isolation have been contacted by a group of 23 physicians, receiving up to three phone calls a day each.

The ministry's follow-up programme ensures the safety of the patient’s self-isolation, and the patient's receipt of the necessary treatment, as well as checking up on their condition, Zayed added.

As of Wednesday, Egypt has registered a total of 101,500 coronavirus cases, including 5,696 deaths and 86,549 recoveries.

Under the country’s coronavirus treatment protocol, mild and moderate COVID-19 patients are treated at home or at university hostels, to free up beds for critical cases at state-run isolation hospitals.

During Thursday’s meeting, which was headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Zayed reviewed the efforts exerted by the health ministry in preparation for a potential second wave of the disease.

A training programme was organised in cooperation with WHO for medical staffers at fever hospitals nationwide, to train them on modern scientific protocols for communicable diseases, and on how to limit the spread of infection, she added.

The managers of chest hospitals were also briefed on the modern scientific protocols to confront the deadly disease, according to Zayed.

The ministry provided awareness content over the past five months, including up to 2,100 informative items and 481 videos.

While the number of new coronavirus cases in Egypt has been hovering around 150 a day nationwide since August, officials are urging caution to avoid a second wave of the pandemic.

Egypt began the move towards a gradual reopening of the economy this summer, lifting a curfew and reopening restaurants and mosques in June, and resuming regular international flights in July.

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