Egypt quarantines returning pilgrims over coronavirus suspicion
Muslim pilgrims move in circles around the holy Kaaba from the third floor at the Grand Mosque ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

CAIRO: After 14 pilgrims were quarantined in the Cairo Airport Minister of Health Ahmed Adel announced that were no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Egypt, Youm7 reported Sunday.

He added pilgrims were isolated after being suspected of infection during the periodical examination, after having a fever.

In a news conference concerning missing Egyptian pilgrims’ DNA results Sunday, Adel said that the cases had symptoms similar to H1N1, seasonal flu and coronavirus, such as fever or coughing.

“Nine out of 14 tested negative, while the rest are still under observation,” the Minister assured.

Moreover, quarantine authorities at Cairo Airport isolated a 23-year-old Egyptian pilgrim Monday, after arriving from Madina, Saudi Arabia, on board of a Saudi plane, over coronavirus suspicion, Youm7 reported Monday.

The suspected was transferred to Abassia Fever Hospital and put under observation.

The number of MERS coronavirus deaths hit 189, out of 571 confirmed human infections in Saudi Arabia, according to the Saudi health ministry, MENA reported in June 2014.

The virus was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Results of DNA samples, extracted from nails of unidentified dead pilgrims to compare them with the relatives of missing Egyptians, will be announced after 10 days, Health Minister announced Sunday.

The samples were extracted by Saudi authorities. There are a total 96 Egyptians reported missing during the annual event of Hajj, meaning pilgrimage.

The Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowment) has announced that the death toll of Egyptian pilgrims in a stampede in Mecca hit 138.

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