Egyptian nurse at Qalyoubia mental health hospital tests positive for coronavirus

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Apr 2020

This is the first confirmed case in Egypt's public mental hospitals

A man uses a mobile phone in front of the Egyptian Ministry of Health following an outbreak of the c
A man uses a mobile phone in front of the Egyptian Ministry of Health following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo, Egypt March 26, 2020. (Reuters)

Egypt announced on Tuesday that a nurse who works at Al-Khanka hospital for mental health in Qalyoubia governorate has tested positive for coronavirus.

The nurse contracted the virus while on his part-time job at Al-Zeitoun specialised hospital in Cairo, said a statement on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health’s mental health secretariat.

Precautionary measures have been taken at both hospitals, including isolating all patients and medical staff who had come in close contact with the infected nurse, the statement added.

Al-Khanka is a specialised hospital for mental illness and treats all its patients for free.

On Saturday, at least 17 doctors and nurses at Egypt’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) tested positive for the coronavirus.

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