Egypt's Health Ministry (Al-Ahram)
The Egyptian Doctors' Syndicate announced on Thursday that the 10th physician died after contracting coronavirus.
In a statement, the syndicate mourned the death of Karim Mahmoud, head of the internal medicine department at Luxor International Hospital.
Egypt’s Nursing syndicate said on Tuesday that the total number of fatalities among the nurses due to coronavirusbecame six deaths nationwide.
The World Health Organisation said earlier this month that infections among medical staff make up around 13 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Egypt.
Many hospital staff members have taken to social media to complain that hospital managements have been reluctant to conduct tests on them even though they had come into contact with coronavirus patients.
The Egyptian Medical Syndicate criticised on Wednesday the new guidelines regarding coronavirus examination procedures for medical staff, which state that medical staffs are not to undergo testing after having come into contact with infected colleagues unless they themselves are suspected to have contracted the virus.
The syndicate called on health authorities to quickly revoke the new instructions while ensuring the maximum level of protection and early testing for frontline health workers fighting the disease. It also called for providing additional testing kits if the current quantity is inadequate.
Despite lockdown measures imposed in March to contain the spread of the virus, Egypt’s infection tally has continued to surge, surpassing on Tuesday the 10,000 mark of coronavirus cases nationwide, three months after the detection of the first COVID-19 case on 14 February.
Though it took the country around seven weeks to reach the 1,000 infections milestone, it only took three days for Egypt to move from 9,000 to the 10,000 mark.