Passengers, wearing masks, gather their luggage as they prepare to exit the Aswan International Airport in the Egyptian city, some 920 kms south of the capital Cairo, on February 2, 2020.AFP

Deadly Coronavirus Reaches Egypt as Foreigner Said to Be Diagnosed

Egypt says the person affected has been put in isolation but did not specify his or her nationality


Egypt confirmed on Friday its first coronavirus case and said the affected person was a foreigner who had been put into isolation at hospital.

The health ministry said in a statement that it had immediately informed the World Health Organization and had taken all necessary preventative measures.

It did not give the nationality of the affected person or any other details.

Egypt said on Twitter the person was carrying the virus, but had not shown any symptoms and was in a stable condition.

China reported 121 new deaths on Friday, bringing the toll to 1,380. Another 5,090 new cases were confirmed, pushing up the number of infected patients to 63,851.

In Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, daily new cases jumped by 4,823, while number of new deaths rose by 116.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday the ruling Communist Party must fix various problems, loopholes and weaknesses exposed during the outbreak, state television reported on Friday.