Egyptian doctor arrested for calling against examining coronavirus cases

Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Mar 2020

Hala Zayed
File photo: Egypt's health minister Hala Zayed and a medical team at Cairo international airport during receiving the Egyptian returnees from Wuhan last month

Egyptian authorities arrested a doctor at a Cairo hospital for inciting medical staff to abstain from examining suspected coronavirus cases, a judicial source said.

The junior physician created a Facebook page to “incite doctors and medical staff to refrain from joining teams checking cases infected with the coronavirus,” the source said on Thursday.

Earlier this month, authorities arrested several people over charges of “spreading rumours” about the coronavirus.

Egypt has 210 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 53 foreigners.

The country has so far registered six coronavirus-related deaths, three of whom are foreign nationals.

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