CAIRO, April 30 (Xinhua) — The Egyptian health ministry confirmed on Thursday 269 new cases and 12 fatalities of COVID-19, raising the number of cases registered in the country to 5,537 including 392 deaths.
Meanwhile, 46 COVID-19 patients were completely cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 1,381, the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.
All COVID-19 cases in Egypt receive necessary medical care “in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization,” he noted.
Earlier in the day, the health ministry announced the start of plasma therapy trials for COVID-19 patients by injecting them with plasma donated by the cured.
The ministry said they started trying the plasma therapy after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration endorsed it last week.
So far, one coronavirus patient in Egypt is under plasma therapy test, with more to join soon, and the treatment will be generalized if it proves successful, according to the ministry.
Egypt announced its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on Feb. 14 and the first death on March 8, both foreigners.
The Egyptian government has recently started to ease restrictions and reopen services and offices that have been closed over the past six weeks over coronavirus concerns, amid a “coexistence plan” to live with the pandemic through precautionary measures while resuming services and economic activities.
The most populous Arab state is currently implementing a nine-hour nighttime curfew that will continue until the end of the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Enditem