A 60-year-old German died in Egypt as a result of an infection with the novel corona virus, the Egyptian Ministry of Health said on Sunday. It is the first documented death of a German to Covid-19 – the lung disease caused by the corona virus. It is also the first known death in this context in Africa.
The Ministry of Health in Cairo announced that the 60-year-old German died on Sunday in the seaside resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea. He had come to the hospital with a fever on Friday and then became positive for that Corona virus Sars-CoV-2 tested. From which German state the man came, was initially unclear.
The man had traveled from the popular tourist town of Luxor in southern Egypt to the beach town of Hurghada, Ministry spokesman Chalid Megahid said. He was treated in the intensive care unit and is said to have refused to be transferred to another clinic. His condition had deteriorated increasingly, he died on Sunday. Where the vacationer got infected initially remained unclear.
Egypt had initially reported comparatively few Sars CoV-2 infections compared to other countries in the Arab region. Especially the regional one Neighbor Iran, where, according to official statistics, around 145 people have died from the virus-induced disease Covid-19, as well as Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq reported dozens of infections.
Egypt, the most populous country in North Africa with a population of 100 million, has so far reported 48 records. Among them were 45 people aboard a cruise ship that was sailing on the Nile in Upper Egypt.
Experts rate the risk of lung disease spreading in Africa as very high because the continent has close ties to China and health systems in many countries are rather weak. In addition, millions of people live together in conurbations such as Lagos, Cairo and Algiers in a small space.
To date, there have been no deaths from the novel corona virus in Germany itself. The number of infections detected in Germany rose to 902 by Sunday noon.