EGYPT confirmed on Friday, February 14, 2020 its first coronavirus (COVID-19) case and said the affected person was a foreigner who had been put into isolation in hospital.
The patient — who did not show any symptoms of being ill — has been quarantined in a hospital for treatment and monitoring.
Until now, no one in any African country had tested positive for the deadly virus.
Egypt’s health ministry said in a statement it had immediately informed the World Health Organization (WHO) and had taken all necessary preventative measures. It did not reveal the nationality of the affected person, or any other details.
WHO Egypt said on Twitter the person was carrying the virus, but had not shown any symptoms and was in a stable condition.
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أكدت اليوم @WHO ظهور أولى حالات فيروس كورونا المستجد في مصر عقب تأكيد وزارة الصحة والسكان المصرية.حيث تم نقل الحالة وهو شخص أجنبي إلى المستشفى لعزله ومتابعته صحيًا والاطمئنان عليه، حيث أن الحالة حاملة للفيروس ولا يظهر عليها أي أعراض، وحالته مستقرة تمامًا. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/qGHIOeVyuz
— WHO Egypt (@WHOEgypt) February 14, 2020