An employee tests a health protection mask at the Kolmi-Hopen company's factory in Saint-Barthelemy-d'Anjou as their activities boosted following the coronavirus outbreak, France, February 5, 2020. Picture taken February 5, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
CAIRO, 22 May 2020: Egypt recorded, Friday, 783 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths during the past 24 hours.
Health Ministry added in its daily briefing that the new detected cases raise the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the outbreak in Egypt to 15,786.
Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said that the death toll rose to 707.
As many as 157 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 4,374 so far, the spokesman said.
The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 4,960, he added
On Wednesday, the Cabinet’s spokesman said that the Egyptian state has adopted a new strategy to face the novel coronavirus, including involving 230 hospitals to test the coronavirus (COVID-19) suspected cases, which allows citizens to head to the nearest hospital in case they showed any symptoms.
Soon, as the number of cases increases, hospitals and other quarantine places will become full, Spokesman Nader Saad said, which encouraged the government to apply the home quarantine for cases with mild symptoms.
Suspected cases will be screened by simple tests like complete blood counts (CBC) and chest X-ray, Saad said, then they will be asked to self-isolate at home in case they do not show symptoms, or will be tested for coronavirus in case they develop severe symptoms.
Saad denied any shortage in ventilators, saying that Egypt has 4,000 ventilators while only less than 50 patients currently need them and about 250 patients are in the intensive care units.