EgyptAir to warn passengers against coronavirus
Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Civil Avaition Ministry will distribute a film to EgyptAir informing passengers how they can prevent coronavirus infection, Minister Hossam Kamal told Al-Watan Tuesday.

He added that crew members have received face masks to wear during trips.

Airport security officials have intensified measures to monitor the situation of those coming to Egypt from countries that have coronavirus infections, Kamal said, adding that thermal imaging cameras are now in use in some airports to detect infections.

Passengers returning from countries like Saudi Arabia, where the virus has spread, have a higher risk of carrying it, so “all precautionary measures must be taken| to prevent its spread in Egypt, professor at Banha Faculty Of Medicine and a member of the committee tasked with studying the coronavirus Nasser Abdo Qalqilya told Veto Gate Tuesday.

The Health Ministry must give directives to ensure that all passengers arriving in Egypt undergo all the needed medical examination, he added.

A 60-year-old woman was reported dead on May 6 in the governorate of Menoufia, suspected to have contracted the corona virus after returning from Saudi Arabia 10 days before, Youm7 reported.

On May 6, the Saudi health minister announced 18 new infections, reaching a total of 414 cases of coronavirus, 115 of which were fatal.

Those over 60 years old, children and pregnant women should postpone making Umrah and Hajj pilgrimages this year, member of the Islamic Research Academy Abdallah al-Najjar told Youm7 on May 1.

Egypt discovered its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in an Egyptian citizen who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Health announced April 26.

MERS is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died, according to AFP.

The World Health Organization reported May 9 that 145 people have died from coronavirus out of 536 since April 2012.

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