Health Minister Hala Zayed checks precautionary measures as she receives Egyptians who returned from China’s city of Wuhan – Courtesy of the Health Ministry
CAIRO - 26 March 2020: "Egypt has a decisive opportunity to effectively control the outbreak and prevent local transmission of the Coronavirus," said the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Egypt on Thursday.
"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.
“The WHO technical mission to Egypt for Covid-19 concludes with key findings of solid work being done to control the outbreak, especially in the areas of disease detection and contact tracing, laboratory testing, and referral of patients,” the office explained.
“WHO will continue to work with Egypt to enhance infection prevention & control at all levels, and identify alternative mechanisms for testing patients,” it stressed.
The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, including suspending schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid April.
A partial two-week curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely.
Meanwhile, all mosques and Islamic places of worship across Egypt were closed for two weeks starting from March 21, 2020, to curb the coronavirus spread.
In a press conference held on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health, Minister Hala Zayed announced that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Egypt rose to 456. The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, she added.
The virus was announced as pandemic by WHO on March 10, 2020. As yet, the global infected cases of the virus reached 492,250 people and 22,180 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 119,732.