FILE - A member of a municipal team sprays disinfectant over the coronavirus outbreak at the underground Al-Shohadaa metro station in Cairo – Reuters
CAIRO – 13 May 2020: 338 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,431, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, amid calls for imposing a total curfew during the coming weeks.
The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.
Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.
CAIRO - 13 May 2020: Patients between the ages of 30 to 39 had the highest number of cases who recovered from coronavirus, represented in 318 cases, followed by 288 people in the age group between 40 to 49, said Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed on Wednesday.
Egypt has reported a remarkable drop in the daily coronavirus cases, according to the official figures provided by the ministry, compared to the earlier few days. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.
The state may have to take tougher measures to face the increase in coronavirus cases, including enacting a total curfew, Egyptian President’s Health Affairs Advisor Mohamed Tag El-Din said on Sunday evening.
The government is reviewing all relevant procedures in order to protect people and economy, he told Hadrat Al-Mowaten program on Al-Hadath Al-Youm channel.
Tag El-Din called on citizens to avoid large gatherings and follow the preventive procedures announced by the government. He warning people of the fact that coronavirus is very infectious, saying this is the reason behind the surge in number of cases during the last few days.
The number of cases will likely rise, Tag El-Din added.