Egypt’s Health Ministry has dispatched a medical team of 60 doctors and nurses to the workplace of the country’s second confirmed coronavirus case to conduct a comprehensive medical survey of anyone who might contacted the patient, medical sources announced Tuesday.
The sources stated that samples taken from the second case, a foreigner of Canadian citizenship, tested positive.
PCR tests were also conducted for the 1,500 workers at the site, with the sources confirming that the samples will be taken in for analysis.
The workplace has been quarantined with no workers allowed to leave or enter.
During the two week quarantine period the medical team will take samples every two days, measure temperatures three times a day, monitor the general health condition of everyone there and provide full medical care.
All those in direct contact with the case will be tested as well, the sources said.
The Canadian patient is currently hospitalized in al-Negaila Hospital’s quarantine center, receiving medical care from the center’s preventive medicine team and is in reportedly stable condition.
As precaution the Health Ministry has also quarantined the driver of the car who transferred the Canadian national to the Quarantine Center and the company’s nurse following the case on the workplace in Matrouh.
Both driver and nurse are Egyptians and yet to test positive for the coronavirus, though they are receiving preventive health follow-ups.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm