Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar announced on Saturday that the COVID-19 infection rate among children in Egypt is no more than ten percent of all coronavirus infections in Egypt.
This comes from the ministry’s latest study, which set the infection rate in children at 5 to 10 percent of the total.
During a telephone interview with Lamis al-Hadidi, the host of Kalema Akhera, Abdel-Ghaffar said that beds were allocated to isolate children in certain hospitals or in different children’s wards in university clinics.
He explained that these special isolation sections are a necessary measure as many of these children suffer from chronic diseases and are therefore particularly prone to infection.
Children without chronic diseases who have mild symptoms do not need to be isolated, he added.
According to Abdel-Ghaffar, there are around 10 children’s hospitals attached to university clinics, such as the Abu al-Rish Hospital.
All university hospitals also have special departments for treating children.
The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, said on Saturday that all coronavirus infections announced apply to cases that have only been reported in hospitals.
During a phone conversation with Ahmed Moussa’s TV show “Ala Massoulity” (By My Responsibility), he explained that this is also the case worldwide and that the actual number is likely well over ten times the announced numbers.
The minister said bed occupancy in university hospitals is between 60 and 65 percent, while ventilator occupancy is between 15 and 18 percent.