CAIRO: A 60-year-old woman was reported dead on Monday evening in the governorate of Menoufia, suspected to have been struck ill by the coronavirus after returning from Saudi Arabia 10 days before, Youm7 reported.
According to the deputy health minister in Menoufia, the patient’s heart was unstable, and samples were sent to laboratories to determine the cause of death.
The Fever Hospital in Hurghada also sent samples for analysis taken from two people traveling from Saudi Arabia, who are currently in stable condition with a fever, Youm7 reported.
Minister of Health Adel al-Adawy is currently visiting Hurghada to inspect hospitals, beginning with the Hurghada General Hospital, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Amid the pilgrimage season, there are fears of a coronavirus outbreak, particularly after Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been alarmed by an increase in cases.
The Saudi health minister announced 18 new infections on Monday, reaching a total of 414 cases of coronavirus, among which 115 people have died, Reuters reported.
Adawy met with officials in the tourism sector to discuss prevention, adding that the situation in Egypt is stable and so far only one infected case has been detected coming from Saudi Arabia, MENA reported on Monday.
He also called upon the media not to falsely alarm the public, MENA reported.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Fathy and Emad Arafa.