CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt registered the first coronavirus case in an Egyptian national who had returned from Serbia via France, a joint statement from the health ministry and the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
The North African country registered two cases before in foreigners, one of whom recovered and was released from quarantine.
The Egyptian man, 44, who spent 12 hours in France during his journey, didn’t show any symptoms upon his arrival but after few days he went to a hospital following the appearance of some minor symptoms, the statement said.
Laboratory tests proved positive for the coronavirus on Thursday and the man is now on his way to a quarantine hospital for treatment, it added.
The health ministry said on Wednesday it had tested 1904 suspected coronavirus cases but all of them proved negative.
(Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Toby Chopra)