President Sisi orders coronavirus assessments for workers and sufferers at Egypt’s Nationwide Most cancers Institute

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday ordered coronavirus tests for all staff and patients at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), as well as for anyone they have contacted in the past two weeks.

“Given the circumstances at the NCI where some workers were found to be infected with coronavirus, President Sisi directed the government to quickly conduct medical tests on all staff at the institute, including doctors and nurses, as well as all patients the institute is in have visited the past two weeks, ”read a statement from the Egyptian President’s office.

The action plan also includes restricting all contact with positive cases as well as providing care to all infected individuals, including performing immediate medical procedures for isolation and treatment, the statement said.

Cairo University spokesman Mahmoud Alam-Eddin announced on Friday that 15 suspicious coronavirus cases had been discovered among NCI medical staff.

“The university sterilizes and disinfects all hospitals on Friday and Saturday. The suspected cases were forwarded to the isolation hospitals of the Ministry of Health, ”said Alam-Eddin.

The director of the NCI, Hatem Abul Kassem, said this problem started a week ago when a nurse with symptoms tested positive and was isolated.

During a phone conversation on Friday with TV host Amr Adib’s show al-Hekaya (The Story), Kassem said the institute had isolated more than 40 people and the total number of those infected were three doctors and twelve nurses.

Although the NCI will not close, he said it would not be able to accept outpatients on Saturday. Health workers are in attendance and have been tested, he added.

Egypt confirmed five more deaths and 85 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 1,070. Seventy-one people have died from the virus in Egypt.

Health officials in Egypt have warned of the dangers of hitting 1,000 cases. The head of the Egyptian cabinet’s crisis management chamber, Mohamed Abdel Maksoud, said Egypt would enter the third stage of coronavirus transmission soon after.

Once the number of infections reaches 1,000 and Egypt enters Stage Three, infection rates will skyrocket. Worse still, sources of infection will no longer be traced back to diagnosed cases.

Revised translation by Al-Masry Al-Youm

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