Egypt's Cancer Institute patients test negative for COVID-19

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Sun, 05 Apr 2020 - 11:52 GMT

FILE - National Cancer Institute

FILE - National Cancer Institute

CAIRO – 5 April 2020: After 17 medical staff members at the National Cancer Institute were quarantined upon testingpositive for COVID-19, all 60 patients lying at the hospital tested negative and are still receiving medical care normally.

Spokesperson of Cairo University, to which the institute belongs,Mahmoud Alam el-Din stated that until present 413 samples have been taken from staff members.

The result of the first case to test positive for COVID-19 among National Cancer Institute staff appeared on March 26, and samples were taken from the surroundings inside and outside the institute and analyzed.

The results showed the infection of four doctors and 13 nurses, who currently lie in a quarantine hospital. The majority of them do not show any symptoms.

The university requested from the Ministry of Health and Population to acquire 1,000 coronavirus testing devices – at its own expense - to test the medical staff, employees, and patients who turned up to the institute over the past two weeks.

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CAIRO - 4 April 2020: Cairo University has launched an investigation into the infection of 17 doctors and nurses with COVID-19 to determine the reasons behind negligence, if they exist, and to penalize wrongdoers. Spokesperson of Cairo University Mahmoud Alam al-Din announced in a statement released on Saturday that two "infection fighting and quality control" teams have been assigned to manage the crisis.



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