Egyptian minister visits Beijing

Special Egyptian minister visits Beijing
Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed. (Photo/Twitter)
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Updated 03 March 2020

Egyptian minister visits Beijing

Egyptian minister visits Beijing
  • The second patient who tested positive for the virus was transported in a self-sterilization ambulance to the hospital where he was quarantined and received medical treatment and a follow-up check

CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed is visiting China as part of the battle against coronavirus as Egypt announced it had identified a second patient with the virus.
Zayed said that she was carrying a message of solidarity from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to China, where the coronavirus started.
In a press conference held with China’s ambassador to Egypt before traveling to China, Zayed said that the visit aimed to deliver medical equipment to China as a gift from the Egyptian people.
Zayed said that the message of solidarity “at this time came from the Egyptian political leadership’s keenness to maintain strong bilateral relations.”
“We offer assistance to China because protecting and helping China to overcome the epidemic is protecting humanity at large,” she said.
Zayed said that the ministry had carried out 1,443 tests in Egypt for suspected coronavirus cases.
She said that 13 Egyptians arrived from Saudi Arabia after performing Umra (minor pilgrimage), and that 230 had returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected.
China’s Xinhua news agency reported that China’s Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang expressed gratitude to El-Sisi for sending Zayed to China to carry “a message of solidarity from Egypt to the People’s Republic of China at this exceptional time.”
Liao said that the Chinese government considered it “a visit of support and solidarity as well as exchanging expertise on measures to combat the coronavirus.”
He said that the visit would have an impact on relations between Egypt and China, “since it demonstrates the depth and strength of cordial relations between the two countries as the world’s two oldest civilizations.”
The coronavirus has killed more than 3,000 people, the vast majority in mainland China. There are now more than 88,000 global cases, with infections on every continent except Antarctica.
The Egyptian Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a joint statement on Monday that a foreigner had tested positive for the coronavirus in Egypt, the second case reported in the country.
The statement said that the patient showed minor symptoms and that he was now in a stable condition, adding that he was quarantined in a special hospital and that other people who had dealt with him were currently being examined.
The first coronavirus patient in Egypt was announced last week, reportedly a foreign national who had subsequently tested negative while in quarantine.
Khaled Megahed, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, said that the ministry informed the WHO that all the necessary precautionary measures were taken in cooperation with WHO.
The second patient who tested positive for the virus was transported in a self-sterilization ambulance to the hospital where he was quarantined and received medical treatment and a follow-up check.
Megahed said that the person tested positive for the virus with minor symptoms and that his condition was stable.
He added that the ministry was taking intensified precautionary measures for those who dealt with the patient by conducting tests for the virus.
Megahed said that the ministry continued to raise the highest levels of alert in airports and other entry points across the country, and to follow up the situation concerning coronavirus.
The WHO representative in Egypt, Dr. John Jabbour, hailed the Egyptian government’s “quick and transparent” response in dealing with the situation, as well as its keenness to immediately inform the WHO of the suspected case.
Jabbour praised the precautionary measures taken by the Ministry of Health and Population in dealing with the case.
Minister Zayed is following up the situation in the Health Ministry’s crisis management operations room, working with representatives from all other ministries and concerned parties to monitor the coronavirus as well as enacting the ministry’s precautionary plans in the country’s ports.
Meanwhile, officials in the US state of California announced that seven people had tested positive for the coronavirus, including a couple who had just returned from Egypt.
Other countries announced similar cases, including Canada, France and the UAE.