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  • Tuesday ,31 March 2020
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UPDATED: Egypt announces 47 new coronavirus cases, one new death

by Al Ahram

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00:03

Tuesday ,31 March 2020

UPDATED: Egypt announces 47 new coronavirus cases, one new death

 Egypt reported on Monday 47 new coronavirus cases and one more death, said health minister Hala Zayed.

 
The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 656, with the total death toll rising to 41.
 
So far 132 cases have fully recovered and left isolation hospitals, Zayed said during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
 
She added that the total number of cases whose test results have turned from positive to negative has reached 182.
 
Zayed stated there are currently 26 laboratories across governorates to conduct PCR tests, and that there will be more in the next 48 hours.
 
Zayed briefed Madbouly on the geographical distribution of the cases, and on the tracking and investigation work of the ministry s teams.
 
They also discussed the availability of various medical supplies at the ministry s hospitals.
 
Egypt s health ministry spokesperson Khaled Meghad said on Saturday that some villages have been isolated in 10 governorates in a bid to stop any possible spread of coronavirus.
 
Zayed said on Friday that Egypt has a sufficient number of IC beds and ventilators and is being supplied with more.
 
She told MBC Masr satellite channel over the phone that Egypt has a purchase plan to make protective gear available despite the global shortage.
 
Egypt has already halted international flights, banned mass gatherings, shuttered cinemas, mosques and churches, and suspended communal prayers in an effort to slow the spread of the virus that claimed the lives of thousands of people around the world.
 
A nationwide curfew is also in effect daily from 7 pm to 6 am until 7 April.