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CAIRO – 31 May 2020: Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar held a joint press conference to clarify the status of medical care provided to COVID-19 patients and individuals in their surroundings.
Minister Zayed stated that the number of quarantine hospitals rose from 18 to 340 with a total capacity of 35,152 beds, 3,539 ICU beds, 2,218 ventilators, 125 CT scanners, and 643 X-Ray devices.
Thirty-seven hospitals are being prepared to receive COVID-19 cases so that the total will become 347. That is in addition to securing 1,000 mobile medical clinics to provide care for cases quarantined at home.
Until present, 8 million medicine doses were offered to individuals in the surroundings of positive cases, 2 million doses were given to patients receiving treatment at home, and half a million doses were secured to in-patients.
To date, 65 mobile clinics were operated to distribute such doses. The clinics reached the farthest point in Egyptian territories, which is Bahi El Din village located near the borders with Libya western the country.
By the end of this week, 57 PCR labs affiliated to the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research will be in place after adding 8 labs. Currently, there are 32 PCR labs affiliated to the former and 17 affiliated to the latter.
Minister Zayed revealed that the 7 governorates with top infections are Cairo, Giza, Qalyoubiyah, Monofeya, Fayoum, Alexandria and Beheira. The total figure in those governorates until May 30 is 15,415.
Minister Abdel Ghaffar stated that the number of university hospitals ready to provide medical care to COVID-19 patients is 113 having 35,000 beds. At present, 23 of those treat coronavirus patients.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli instructed concerned cabinet members to designate a maximum price for COVID-19 medical services at private hospitals as exaggerated amounts have been set.