First Egyptian to contract coronavirus is in 'critical condition': Egypt's health minister

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Mar 2020

Egypt's Minister of Health Hala Zayed

Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed said that the first Egyptian citizen confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus is in "critical condition."

The 44-year-old patient is currently receiving treatment at a quarantine hospital in Marsa Matrouh governorate.

In statements to Al-Hekaya news talk show on Saturday, Zayed said that the patient, who arrived in Egypt from Serbia after a 12-hour transit in France, was not improving despite treatment.

The minister said that the patient was admitted to a private hospital on 29 February, and was moved to the Marsa Matrouh quarantine hospital on 5 March when his condition did not improve.

The unnamed patient was the first Egyptian and the third person inside the country to test positive for coronavirus.

On Saturday, Egypt's Ministry of Health announced that 34 people, including 19 foreign tourists, tested positive for the coronavirus in an outbreak on board a Nile cruise travelling between Luxor and Aswan.

The 34 patients were transferred to the quarantine hospital in Marsa Matrouh.

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