FILE- Egyptian doctor who died of COVID-19 Ahmed al-Lawah  FILE- Egyptian doctor who died of COVID-19 Ahmed al-Lawah

Family of 1st Egyptian doctor dies of COVID-19 tests positive

Wed, Apr. 1, 2020
CAIRO – 1 April 2020: "Family of Egypt’s first doctor to die of coronavirus (COVID-19) Ahmed al-Lawah was reported to test positive for the virus," wife Amal Arafa said Wednesday.

She added in statements to Youm7 Egyptian newspaper that she was quarantined in a hospital in Ismaelia governorate along with her daughter, who tested positive as well.
"Our son aged 13 years old is waiting for the test results," Arfa said.

On March 30, Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced that a doctor called Ahmed al-Lawah died of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Lawah, 57 years old, is the first Egyptian doctor who dies of COVID-19 infection, according to the ministry. Spokesperson Khaled Megahed said in statement that Lawah’s health condition was relatively stable; however, he witnessed sudden deterioration on Sunday.

On March 28, the Egyptian Veterinarian Syndicate announced that veterinarian Mohamed Negm passed away in Saudi Arabia because of COVID-19 after he had entered the intensive care unit.

The Egyptian Veterinarian Syndicate said that Negm had graduated from Zagazig University in 2012. Negm was the third Egyptian expat to die of COVID-19 abroad as two men passed away in Italy earlier this month.

Also, on March 25, head of the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate said that nineteen nurses from different hospitals in Egypt contracted the novel coronavirus. "The hospitals include the Imbaba Fevers Hospital in Giza," Kawthar Mahmoud said in an interview with Al-Tase’a on the state-run Al-Oula TV (Channel 1).

On Tuesday, Egypt recorded 54 new positive cases for COVID-19 virus, bringing the number of the infected to 710, 157 of them recovered, and 46 died.

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FILE- Photo of Egyptian doctor who died of COVID-19 Ahmed al-Lawah, early in his life with wife and daughter
 
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