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Egypt among first countries to take preventive safety measures against new coronavirus

Friday، 24 January 2020 - 10:01 AM

Egypt has been among the first countries to take preventive safety measures against the deadly coronavirus after its outbreak in China’s Wuhan province and reported spread to other countries around the world, the assistant health minister for preventive medicine, Dr Alaeddin Eid, has said.

He said Egypt has been among the earliest responders ever since the World Health Organization made its first announcement on the deadly virus outbreak in China, on January 7.

An integrated plan has been drawn up to handle any emergency situation, he told MENA on Thursday, noting that it covers all stages including early detection and quarantine and treatment measures as well as raising public awareness.

World Health Organization representative in Egypt John Jabbour has affirmed earlier in the day that no cases of new coronavirus have been reported in the country, saying that the Egyptian Health Ministry has taken all necessary preventive measures.

Speaking to MENA, Jabbour said that he keeps in daily contact with Health Minister Hala Zayed and the ministry's preventive medicine sector to follow up any developments.

Jabbour commended the Health Ministry's efforts to deal with the virus, through examining incoming travelers at all harbors and airports, noting that advisory preventive guidance measures were issued to all health directorates for educating citizens about the epidemic.

The deadly pneumonia-like disease was first identified on Dec. 31 in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province. It has since spread beyond Wuhan, population 11 million, to other major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Macau, and Hong Kong. Around the world, Thailand and Vietnam have confirmed multiple cases, and the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan have each reported one case.

Over 500 people have been infected across China, with total deaths rising to at least 17, as the mystery disease continues to spread.

MENA

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