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February 15, 2020updated 17 Feb 2020 6:46am

Covid-19 death toll increases to 1,526; Egypt records first infected case

The death toll due to the new coronavirus Covid-19 has increased to 1,526 with 143 new deaths in China as of the end of 14 February. The total number of deaths in mainland China is 1,523.


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The death toll due to the new coronavirus Covid-19 has increased to 1,526 with 143 new deaths in China as of the end of 14 February. The total number of deaths in mainland China is 1,523.

The total number of confirmed cases increased to more than 67,000 which includes 66,492 infections in Mainland China, of which 11,053 are said to be severe cases.

The total number of recoveries around the world is 8,263.

Egypt reports first case

Egypt has confirmed its first case of the Covid-19 and has stated that the affected is a ‘foreigner’ who was asymptomatic.

The government could identify the affected due to the follow-up programme for passengers entering the country from other affected countries.

The patient, whose nationality was not specified, has been isolated for necessary treatment.

This marks the second country in the Middle East to report confirmed cases after the United Arab Emirates and the first country in Africa.

China to quarantine residents returning to Beijing

China’s capital Beijing has decided to order a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for people who are returning to the city.

It has stated that those who do not follow the quarantine or the new official rules regarding the Covid-19, will be punished.

People who are coming back will have to inform their community beforehand.

Around 1,700 health care workers affected in China

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that around 1,700 healthcare workers have been infected by the Covid-19.

It stated that the outbreak is ‘concerning’ as the disease can spread faster in healthcare settings where infection control measures are not fully implemented.

CDC also added that it issued guidance to aid healthcare workers in protecting themselves as they provide care for the infected. There are no confirmed cases of the virus in healthcare workers in the US.


Read death toll update of 14 February here.

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