A picture taken on March 26, 2020, shows Saudi policemen manning a checkpoint in the King Fahad main street in the capital Riyadh, after the Kingdom began implementing an 11-hour nationwide curfew, on the day of an emergency G20 videoconference, to discuss a response to the COVID-19 crisis. (AFP)
An Egyptian pharmaceutical representative has died in Saudi Arabia from the coronavirus, becoming the first fatality to the disease among Egyptian expats in the Gulf country, the manpower ministry announced on Sunday.
Mohamed Negm, 29, who was a medical representative at a pharmaceutical company, was buried on Sunday, the Egyptian ministry added.
His wife and nine-month-old child also tested positive for the virus and have been quarantined at a hotel in Mecca to receive the necessary medical treatment.
Negm is the third Egyptian expat to die abroad because of the respiratory illness.
Two Egyptians died earlier this month in Italy, the European country which has been hardest hit by the pandemic
Saudi Arabia has adopted strict measure to limit the spread of the quick-spread virus, including halting international flights and imposing a curfew.