|14 February, 2020

Egypt confirms first coronavirus case, says affected person is foreigner

The health ministry said in a statement it had immediately informed the WHO and had taken all necessary preventative measures

Image used for illustrative purpose. An employee works at the EIPICO medicine factory at the industrial area at Al-Asher Min Ramdan city at the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, January 27, 2016.

Image used for illustrative purpose. An employee works at the EIPICO medicine factory at the industrial area at Al-Asher Min Ramdan city at the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, January 27, 2016.

REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

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

The 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 give 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.

(Reporting by Alaa Swilam and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Catherine Evans and Mark Potter) ((Alaa.Swilam@thomsonreuters.com; 00201116281191))

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