A tourist wearing a mask observes the engravings on the inner walls of the standing step pyramid of Saqqara after its renovation, south of Cairo, Egypt March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany. A tourist wearing a mask observes the engravings on the inner walls of the standing step pyramid of Saqqara after its renovation, south of Cairo, Egypt March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany.

Tourist infected with coronavirus documents journey to quarantine

Sun, Mar. 8, 2020
CAIRO - 8 March 2020: One of the 33 coronavirus cases reported on board of Aswan Nile cruise documented his journey to a quarantine in Egypt after he tested positive for the virus (COVID-19).

Matt Swider, the managing editor of TechRadar online, posted on his Twitter account that after he tested positive for coronavirus, he was quarantined on the cruise, assuring his followers that he was fine.



Later, Swider reported that he and 32 other infected persons were taken by the military plane from Luxor to a place outside Alexandria to be quarantined and receive treatment, posting a couple of photos on the plane. When he arrived to his room, Swider said that the hospital staff is very nice.





In a press conference held at the Cabinet's headquarters on Saturday evening, Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed said that 33 people, including 19 tourists, tested positive for coronavirus on board of the Nile cruise, while 11 others tested negative.

The minister added that a total of 250,000 devices to detect coronavirus will be imported and placed at all airports nationwide.

Two days ago, the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization confirmed 12 infected cases with the new virus on board the Nile cruise ship in Upper Egypt. The 12 staff members did not show any symptoms, according to the statement.

"The first case was a foreigner," the minister said, adding that he received excellent medical care and was diagnosed by PCR under the supervision of the ministry and WHO. "The result was negative each time and he left the quarantine," the minister noted.

"The second case was also a foreigner, who was immediately quarantined in the designated hospital," Zayed said. She added that he is receiving medical care, and his condition is stable and constantly improving. "Quarantine measures have also been applied on all employees at his workplace and their assisting bodies, including more than 2,500 people, as a precautionary measure," she said.

 
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