Egyptians arrive from Wahun at El-Alamein airport; will stay in two-week quarantine

Ahram Online , MENA , Monday 3 Feb 2020

Hala Zayed
Minister Hala Zayed at Al-Alamein airport in Marsa Matrouh (Photo: Ministry of health)

The special jet sent by the Egyptian government carrying hundreds of Egyptian citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus, landed in El-Alamein international airport in Marsa Matrouh on Monday afternoon.

The plane is carrying 301 Egyptian nationals, including 11 children, as well as a 13-member crew and a six-member medical team, sources in the ministry of civil aviation told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

The returning passengers will remain in quarantine in Marsa Matrouh governorate for 14 days, which is the estimated incubation period of the coronavirus.

If anyone is suspected to be sick, they will be transferred to El-Nagila Central Hospital, which is equipped to host patients suspected of carrying the coronavirus.

Earlier on Monday, Health Minister Hala Zayed checked the safety measures adopted at El-Alamein International Airport before the arrival of the Egyptian passengers.

Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said on Monday that the minister has ensured that all the necessary medical precautions have been taken in accordance with the standards set by the World Health Organization to handle any suspected cases.

Zayed is closely monitoring the operations of the ministry's emergency response room, which consists of medical and administrative teams including doctors, nurses, IT specialists, lab technicians and waste control specialists working 24/7 to implement anti-coronavirus measures, Megahed said.

All harbors and airports across the nation are on high alert over the deadly virus, Megahed said, asserting that no case or suspected case of coronavirus has been recorded in the country so far.


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