Egypt announces daily record of 160 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 2,350

Sama Osama , Tuesday 14 Apr 2020

Egyptian health ministry emergency responders stand next to ambulances ready on the scene to transport suspected COVID-19 coronavirus disease cases that were detected on a Nile cruise ship, in the southern city of Luxor late on March 7, 2020 AFP

Egypt on Tuesday reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases with 160 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,350, the health ministry said.

The death toll now stands at 178, with 14 new fatalities, the ministry added.

The ministry also said that 26 Egyptians have fully recovered and left isolation hospitals on Tuesday, which brings the total number of recoveries from the virus so far to 514.

The number of cases who have re-tested negative for the virus, including those who have left hospital after recovering, has now reached 683, ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said.

The newly detected cases include two foreigners and 158 Egyptians. They were detected through the ministry’s investigation and contact tracing protocols, Megahed added.

Health Minister Hala Zayed has issued directives that all medical teams should be tested before leaving isolation hospitals, and when they return to work, the statement added.

She has also ensured that psychological support teams are constantly present at isolation hospitals in order to provide moral support to the medical staff.

An official from the ministry’s preventive measures committee is also present at all such hospitals.

The committee deals with protecting medical staff at isolation hospitals through infection control protocols.

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