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Africa’s First Coronavirus Death

March 09 Banepa.

Egypt recorded Africa’s first fatality from the coronavirus on the weekend as the country reported a flurry of new infections on a Nile cruise ship.

Egyptian health authorities announced late on Sunday that a 60-year-old German man died from the coronavirus a week after arriving from Germany. The patient travelled from Luxor in southern Egypt to Hurghada on the country’s Red Sea coast where he fell sick and sought treatment.

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Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the patient had fever after arriving in Hurghada on Friday, where he tested positive for the coronavirus the next day at the General Hospital of Hurghada. He was then placed in intensive care after refusing to be transferred to an isolation hospital, when he suffered respiratory failure caused by acute pneumonia. He died on Sunday.

The man’s death came hours after Egyptian health officials confirmed 33 new cases on a tourist ship in the country’s south that travelled from Aswan – a city in the south of the country – and docked in Luxor, on the east bank of the Nile River. The cases included 19 Americans and 14 Egyptians, the ministry said. Seven more cases were confirmed on Monday, pushing up the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 55.

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