Egypt confirms coronavirus case

Coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end 2019 and has since spread to more than 20 countries around the world has been confirmed in Egypt, making it the first country in the African continent to report a confirmed case, and the second in the Middle East region, after the United Arab Emirates late last month diagnosed its first cases.

According to Aljezeera, officials were able to confirm the case through a follow-up programme implemented by the government for travellers arriving from countries where the virus has spread.

The Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed said in a statement on Friday that the affected person was a “foreigner” and that the person was hospitalised and in isolation.

Officially known as COVID-19, the virus was first detected in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in central China, in December last year. 

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