The first case of infection with a new coronavirus (COVID-19) was recorded in Egypt. The message was published on the official website of the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt on Friday, February 14.
“The condition of the infected person is stable, he has no symptoms of the disease, he is placed in a 14-day quarantine,” said the official representative of the Ministry, Khaled Mogahed.
Positive samples for the virus were detected in a foreigner who arrived in the country from abroad. Thus, Egypt became the first African state to record infection with the coronavirus.
An outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus, later officially named COVID-2019, began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. Later, the infection spread to other countries.
The world health organization says the current situation may be “just the tip of the iceberg.” Presumably, the first samples of the vaccine will be ready in a year and a half.
As of February 14, the number of people infected with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in China amounted to almost 64 thousand people, about 1.4 thousand patients died, about 7 thousand recovered. It also became known that more than 1.7 thousand employees of medical institutions were infected with the coronavirus, six died.