Egypt follows up on coronoavirus cases with France: Prime minister

Sama Osama , Saturday 29 Feb 2020

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Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly during his visit to Hurghada Airport on Saturday (photos courtesy of Egyptian Cabinet)

Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stated on Saturday that Egypt has contacted France to follow up on the latter's announcement on Thursday that two coronovirus cases were detected among people who were recently on a tourist trip to Egypt.

Madbouly said that Egypt has learnt on Friday that the two cases were staying in Egypt with a tourist group between 5 and 16 February, and knew information about where they were staying.

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He asserted that as soon as the information was obtained, the health ministry and state bodies took the necessary measures in the tourist group's place of residence and confirmed that the rest of the group had already left the country.

Madbouly said that since yesterday, all workers at the tourist group's place of residence in Egypt, as well as the people they engaged with, have been undertaking medical examinations to make sure none was infected.

Madbouly's statement came during his visit to Hurghada Airport to follow up on the health procedures conducted on the tourists arriving at the airport. The prime minister was in the city for an inspection tour of a number of projects.

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Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly inspecting the quarantine measures that are taken at Hurghada Airport

The premier stressed that the government follows up on suspected cases and conducts the necessary tests and that none has tested positive.

Madbouly pointed out that there is a host of rumours circulating in this regard, citing an example of two European tourists in Hurgada who were rumoured to carry the virus. After isolating them and carrying out the necessary tests they were proven to be coronoavirus-free.

Prime Minister Madbouly asserted that transparency is indispensable for fighting the disease. He stressed that the Egyptian government doesn't conceal information on the virus.

During his visit to Hurghada airport, Madbouly inspected the quarantine measures that were taken with a group of tourists coming to the city on an aircraft.

He made sure of the availability of all necessary medical devices for examination at the airport, and that preventive measures are being taken in case any person exhibited symptoms of coronavirus.

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Egypt confirmed its first and only coronavirus case on 14 February. Afew days later, the Egyptian health ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the case no longer had the disease.

Since the novel coronavirus appeared last December in China, it has infected more than 85,000 people globally and killed more than 2,900. Most of the infections and deaths are in mainland China.

On Friday, the WHO upgraded the global risk from the coronavirus to its highest level.

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