FILE PHOTO: Fake blood is seen in test tubes labelled with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in this illustration taken March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
CAIRO – 4 June 2020: Sherif Wadee, an advisor to the Egyptian health minister for emergency affairs, said he has contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 14 days ago, as a result of being in contact with coronavirus patients.
Wadee did not give further details about his health condition, but said he receives treatment currently at home, which suggests that his case has been so far stable.
He confirmed that he is sticking to all procedures of the medical coronavirus protocol and stressed the need to face this pandemic. He added that he hopes to return to follow his work soon.
Late in May, Egyptian Parliament Member Eid Heikal, who represents Al-Marg constituency in the north-east of the capital, Cairo, has tested positive for coronavirus, the House of Representatives said in a statement.
Heikal has been moved to a private hospital in Cairo after he suffered some respiratory symptoms and was found to be coronavirus positive, the House said, noting that his health condition is currently stable.
Earlier in the same month, Parliament’s deputy Suleiman Wahdan said MP Shereen Farrag has tested positive for the virus before she was isolated at Kasr El Aini hospital in Cairo to receive medical treatment.
Wahdan added in press statements that the parliament’s chambers have been sterilized and evacuated according to the Ministry of Health’s instruction to prevent the spread of the infectious virus. He pointed out that the member of parliament will receive the medical treatment offered to any Egyptian citizen.
Later, sons of Farrag were found to have contracted the COVID-19, a senior MP said.
All the MPs who attended the meeting of the planning committee with Farrag have been tested, after they had come into contact with the infected parliamentarian, MP Yasser Omar, deputy head of the Parliament’s Planning and Budgetary Committee.
Parliament Member Talaat Khalil, who sat next to Farrag during the meeting tested negative for the virus, Omar said, noting that the committee will stop its meetings for a week.
Khalil announced he will self-isolate for 14 days, saying he exchanged talks with the infected Parliament member. However, he said the preliminary results of the tests he underwent were reassuring.