Egyptian consultant doctor dies with coronavirus, upping toll to 26: Syndicate

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Sun, 31 May 2020 - 12:26 GMT

FILE PHOTO: Medical staff with protective clothing are seen inside a ward specialised in receiving any person who may have been infected with coronavirus, at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General hospital in Chennai, India, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/P. Ravi

FILE PHOTO: Medical staff with protective clothing are seen inside a ward specialised in receiving any person who may have been infected with coronavirus, at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General hospital in Chennai, India, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/P. Ravi

CAIRO – 31 May 2020: The Egyptian Medical Syndicate has mourned the death of a consultant doctor who had contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and died with it, the 26th reported case among doctors.

As many as 350 coronavirus cases among doctors have been reported, while the Egyptian Medical Syndicate has called on the government to meet some of the demands related to safety and health of the medical teams inside hospitals.

The death of the consultant internist, Gamal Abo al-Ela, comes dew days after a meeting between Head of the Medical Syndicate Hassan Khairy and Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, shortly after a young doctor died from coronavirus in Cairo, due to alleged administrative failure.

Minister of Health Hala Zayed ordered an investigation into the death of doctor Walid Yahia Abdel-Halim, who served in al-Munira hospital downtown Cairo. The initial investigation results regarding the death of the young physician shows some administrative deficiencies in dealing with the situation inside the hospital.

According to sources, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is following up on the investigation.



Egypt has recorded 1,367 new coronavirus, COVID-19 cases, Saturday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 23,449.

Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 34 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 913.

As many as 182 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 5,693 so far, the spokesman said.

The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 6,456, he added.

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