Egypt uses chloroquine in treating COVID-19 patients: Minister

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Sat, 28 Mar 2020 - 12:54 GMT

FILE- Minister of Health Hala Zayed and her accompanying delegation underwent examination and preventive measures immediately upon her arrival at Beijing airport Monday - Press photo

FILE- Minister of Health Hala Zayed and her accompanying delegation underwent examination and preventive measures immediately upon her arrival at Beijing airport Monday - Press photo

CAIRO - 28 March 2020: Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed announced on Friday that Egypt is using anti-malaria and HIV drugs in the treatment of coronavirus (Covid-19) disease.

In media remarks given to al-Hikaya talk show on MBC Misr channel, Zayed said that such drugs should not be taken haphazardly by people and physicians are those who have the authority to prescribe them.




The Ministry uses these medications because they have positive results and resulted in healing more cases, calling on citizens to not use these medications without consulting a doctor.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that malaria medications of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are still being under consideration in treating Covid-19 patients.

The U.S. and several countries in Europe are conducting clinical trials to find a medication for novel coronavirus; scientists are trying to use plasma rich in antibodies from recovered people to treat the patients.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Friday that 41 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 536.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid-April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.

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