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first death in Africa, a German tourist dies in Egypt

The 60-year-old German national tested positive for the new coronavirus on March 7, 2020.

Egypt announced on March 8, 2020, the first death in Africa linked to the new coronavirus in the south-east of the country, while a cruise ship on which 45 cases had been detected was evacuated to Luxor in the south.

“A German national, aged 60 (…) admitted to the public hospital in Hourghada on March 6” and tested positive for the new coronavirus the next day, died on March 8, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement. Arrived from Germany a week ago, the tourist “refused to be placed in an isolation unit” before his condition deteriorated on March 7 with “acute pneumonia”, pointed out the ministry.

His case was not among the 48 registered in total in Egypt, including 45 people infected on a cruise ship whose passengers and crew members were disembarked on March 8 in Luxor, according to an AFP correspondent. .

The day before, Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed had announced that 33 tourists had been infected with the virus, as well as 12 crew members, on board the boat “A-Sara”. These 45 cases in Luxor are “asymptomatic”, however, she said on March 8 in Luxor, where the boat was docked. Of the crew members, 11 tested negative on March 7 after further testing.

However, they were quarantined in a hospital along with the other 34 cases, which are still positive, according to Hala Zayed.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on March 7 that tests had been conducted on all 171 passengers, including 101 foreign tourists and 70 Egyptian crew members. He did not specify the nationalities represented.

“All foreigners whose tests have been negative can leave the country within 24 hours of their results”, assured Hala Zayed.

In addition to the people infected on the boat, the Egyptian authorities had also announced in recent weeks the discovery of three infections with the new coronavirus, the first concerning a Chinese citizen “healed”, according to the Minister of Health, the second concerning a Canadian petroleum engineer, and the third being an Egyptian returned from Serbia via France.

Since the appearance of the new coronavirus last December, 109,946 cases of infection have been recorded in 99 countries and territories, causing the death of 3,819 people, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on March 9, 9:00 GMT. Africa records 89 cases.

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