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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Egypt Confirms First Coronavirus Case In Africa

The Health Ministry of Egypt has confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the North African country.

In a statement by Khaled Mugahed,the Health Ministry spokesman on Friday, said the person was a “foreigner” who is carrying the virus but not showing any serious symptoms.

According to, officials were able to confirm the case through a follow-up program the government implemented for travelers arriving from countries where the virus has spread. The ministry statement said the person was hospitalized and in isolation.

The statement did not specify the person’s nationality or what port of entry he or she arrived at in Egypt.

The Egypt case would be the first in the African continent. Experts and African leaders have expressed concern that should the virus spread there, it might wreak havoc among less developed countries with fewer health resources.

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 64,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.


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