Nineteen employees at Egypt’s Matareya Teaching Hospital test positive for coronavirus

Egypt’s General Authority of Hospitals and Educational Institutes announced on Wednesday that nineteen employees of Al-Matareya Teaching Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of 54 of the hospital’s employees have been tested for the virus so far.

The authority said in a statement that the medical and administrative staff of Al-Matareya were infected by a nurse who had contracted the virus from her father-in-law.

It added that work is continuing as normal at the hospital, and that as soon as an infection appears, control and disinfection protocols are applied.

Follow-up is being carried out by the hospital’s infection control department, and a report is presented to the hospital’s 24-hour crisis control committee, the statement said.

The authority also said that all of the employees recent contacts have been surveyed and tested for the virus. The results of those tests, however, have not yet been released.

The Ministry of Health and Population announced on Wednesday that 160 people infected with coronavirus had been discharged from quarantine hospitals after receiving the necessary medical care and recovering according to the World Health Organization guidelines, bringing the total recovered cases in Egypt to 24,86.

Official Spokesperson for Egypt’s Health Ministry Khaled Mogahed announced Wednesday 338 new cases bringing total of infections to 10,431.

Twelve new deaths were recorded Wednesday bringing total to 556.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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