FILE - Healthcare workers wheel the bodies of deceased people from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 4, 2020 – Reuters/Andrew Kelly
CAIRO – 27 April 2020: A nurse in the quarantine hospital in Egypt’s northwestern governorate of Matrouh died from coronavirus, sources revealed, as Egypt has reported a total of 317 COVID-19 deaths since the crisis started.
The Negila Hospital has been the first quarantine hospital in Cairo since the crisis started in Egypt in February.
The death of the nurse comes two days after a worker in the hospital also died after contracting the novel virus.
Also, earlier in April, deputy director of the hospital said he tested positive for COVID-19 and that he’s been quarantined in the hospital during the past week.
In a facebook page, Mohamed Allam said that his health condition is now more stable and that he expects to turn into negative after retesting again soon for the virus, which will allow him to go home.
“This is something expected to happen to every doctor working in front lines for COVID-19, I’ve been diagnosed from 4-6 days ago and I don’t feel sad or angry … I feel much better,” Allam stated.
On April 11th, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate announced the death of three Egyptian doctors from coronavirus and said 43 doctors have been infected nationwide so far.
Two of the deceased doctors had contracted the virus after connecting infected people away from their workplaces, the syndicate added in the statement, noting that the number of infections among the medical staff members is likely to increase.
The Syndicate called upon the doctors to abide by the rules concerning the personal protective equipment (PPE) which is available in all hospitals, medical centers, the statement.
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President Abdel Fatah al Sisi ordered in late March to boost the allowance of those working in the medical field by a 75 percent increase as a gesture of appreciation for their current efforts to contain the threat of coronavirus.
The president’s directions came during a meeting that included prime minister Mustafa Madbouli, ministers of defense and military production, minister of higher education, minister of finance, and minister of health to discuss the current situation.
Sisi praised the efforts exerted by the medical doctors and ordered to allocate 2.25 billion pounds to boost medical staffers’ allowance, he also issued a directive about launching a risk fund for doctors and workers in the medical field.
He also ordered to issue exceptional rewards for the workers at quarantine, chest, and fever hospitals.
The Ministry of Health in the northeastern African country announced on Sunday, April 26th, 215 new coronavirus cases including two foreigners and said 10 people died from the virus.
The new cases raise the total number of confirmed COVID-19 patients and deaths in Egypt to 4,534 and 317 respectively, Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said.
The number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 1,502, including 1,176 people who recovered from the virus. All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, the spokesman said.
The representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt John Jabbour, said earlier that the counts of coronavirus patients in Egypt are not disturbing.