CAIRO Twelve crew members aboard a Nile cruise ship were placed in isolation on Friday after being tested positive for coronavirus, said the Ministry of Health Egypts.
Crew members were asymptomatic, which means they showed no signs of illness, and the ship was moved to a distant part of the river, 24 kilometers from the tourist center of Luxor, for be disinfected.
However, this sudden outbreak of cases, the largest group in Egypt to date, has fueled growing fears of a nervous Egyptian audience of a much higher number of infections in their country than what the government has detected or declared.
Until Friday, Egypt, which is highly dependent on tourism and has a weak health care system, said it had only discovered three cases of coronavirus in the country, and that only one was Egyptian. But in the past week, at least 26 tourists have tested positive for the virus after returning from vacation in Egypt, including 11 Greeks, seven Americans, and six french.
At least three of these tourists have traveled on the Nile cruise ship, nominated in local media like to Sara.
Egyptian health officials said the infection started with a Taiwanese-American woman who traveled on the cruise ship in late January and left Egypt on February 1. The 12 crew members were infected, as was a husband and wife from California who traveled on the same ship in mid-February and have since been hospitalized.
Egyptian officials said the crew members tested positive on Thursday, at the end of a 14-day observation period. The vessel continued to operate during this period. It docked in Luxor Thursday at the end of a two-day cruise.
It was not clear whether the 12 affected crew members continued to work on the boat during the month of February. If they did, it opened the possibility that they had spread the virus to other tourists or Egyptians working along the Nile.
In Texas, seven Houston area residents who tested positive were part of a group of tourists who visited Egypt in February. It is unknown if they traveled on the Nile.
In the past week, the coronavirus has emptied many of Egypt's most famous tourist spots, including the pyramids and ancient temples that border the Nile. Egyptian officials insist that they have shown transparency in their efforts to stem the spread of the virus in a country where the majority of its 100 million people live along the Nile.
The government tested about 2,000 people, including, he said, many of those who came into contact with the tourists concerned. But officials also struggle against the fierce skepticism of ordinary Egyptians about their efforts.
With most of the news media under government control, many Egyptians are turning to social media, which has been inundated with coronavirus jokes in recent days.
Many jokes focus on the idea that those responsible hide the truth about the extent of the virus in Egypt or are too incompetent to find it.
A message on Twitter, containing an image from the Chernobyl television series, shows a Soviet official inside the unfortunate nuclear power plant, saying: I tell you that there is no coronavirus here .
Egyptian officials are themselves to blame. Under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the government has repeatedly tried to hide the truth about events that could harm them, even in the face of evidence to the contrary.
After an EgyptAir passenger plane dived into the Mediterranean in 2016, killing the 66 people on board, Egypt charged a bomb, then slowed down the official investigation into the accident . A The French investigation has just been completed it was caused by a technical fault exacerbated by breaches of airline security.
In August, authorities attempted to claim that a car accident was responsible for a huge explosion outside a Cairo hospital that killed 20 people, to admit one day later that terrorism was the cause.
This time, however, Egyptian officials have stressed the integrity of their approach. The government has set up a website to document its efforts against the coronavirus, which the World Health Organization in Egypt has publicly praised.
Some opposition groups have claimed, without much evidence, that the government is hiding coronavirus infections or even secretly treating patients in military hospitals.
A W.H.O. a Cairo spokesperson refused to answer all questions and referred them to the Egypts health ministry.
Even with an honest effort, however, the Egypts campaign to contain the spread of the virus can be compromised by its own health system.
While Mr. el-Sisi has invested billions of dollars in ambitious projects like the sprawling new capital under construction outside Cairo, or an elegant national museum slated to open later this year, his government has been criticized for the underfunding of ruined public services. including health care and education.
Many public hospitals are in poor condition, which raises the question of whether doctors can afford to detect the virus in a timely manner or treat it in the event of many infections.
Regional rivalries have also become a factor in the fight against the Egypts coronavirus. This week, the government banned all citizens of its Gulf rival, Qatar, from entering the country, days after Qatar, which has 11 reported cases, imposed a similar ban on the Egyptians.
But the epidemic has given Egypt a chance to strengthen ties with China, which is building part of the new administrative capital. Last week, Mr. el-Sissi sent his Minister of Health, Hala Zayed, to Beijing to liaise with the Chinese authorities.
Upon her return to Egypt, Ms. Zayed praised China's efforts to contain the virus.
The same evening, as a sign of solidarity, Egypt threw the flag of China on historic monuments, notably the temples of Karnak and Philae to the south, and the citadel of Salah al-Din in Cairo.
As it has now become clear, however, some tourists visiting these temples in recent weeks have themselves been struck by the virus.
What Are The Main Benefits Of Comparing Car Insurance Quotes Online
LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 24, 2020, / Compare-autoinsurance.Org has launched a new blog post that presents the main benefits of comparing multiple car insurance quotes. For more info and free online quotes, please visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/the-advantages-of-comparing-prices-with-car-insurance-quotes-online/ The modern society has numerous technological advantages. One important advantage is the speed at which information is sent and received. With the help of the internet, the shopping habits of many persons have drastically changed. The car insurance industry hasn't remained untouched by these changes. On the internet, drivers can compare insurance prices and find out which sellers have the best offers. View photos The advantages of comparing online car insurance quotes are the following: Online quotes can be obtained from anywhere and at any time. Unlike physical insurance agencies, websites don't have a specific schedule and they are available at any time. Drivers that have busy working schedules, can compare quotes from anywhere and at any time, even at midnight. Multiple choices. Almost all insurance providers, no matter if they are well-known brands or just local insurers, have an online presence. Online quotes will allow policyholders the chance to discover multiple insurance companies and check their prices. Drivers are no longer required to get quotes from just a few known insurance companies. Also, local and regional insurers can provide lower insurance rates for the same services. Accurate insurance estimates. Online quotes can only be accurate if the customers provide accurate and real info about their car models and driving history. Lying about past driving incidents can make the price estimates to be lower, but when dealing with an insurance company lying to them is useless. Usually, insurance companies will do research about a potential customer before granting him coverage. Online quotes can be sorted easily. Although drivers are recommended to not choose a policy just based on its price, drivers can easily sort quotes by insurance price. Using brokerage websites will allow drivers to get quotes from multiple insurers, thus making the comparison faster and easier. For additional info, money-saving tips, and free car insurance quotes, visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ Compare-autoinsurance.Org is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc. "Online quotes can easily help drivers obtain better car insurance deals. All they have to do is to complete an online form with accurate and real info, then compare prices", said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company. CONTACT: Company Name: Internet Marketing CompanyPerson for contact Name: Gurgu CPhone Number: (818) 359-3898Email: [email protected]: https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ SOURCE: Compare-autoinsurance.Org View source version on accesswire.Com:https://www.Accesswire.Com/595055/What-Are-The-Main-Benefits-Of-Comparing-Car-Insurance-Quotes-Online View photos
to request, modification Contact us at Here or [email protected]
- Anderson Cooper is learning to grieve
- World AIDS Day: The WHO European Region has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world – World
- Ex-Ukrainian official believes this act was ‘personal revenge by Putin’
- WHO’s annual malaria report spotlights the growing threat of climate change
- Incorporating Key Updates From GOLD Into the Clinical Management of COPD
- George Santos claims ‘bullying’ ahead of expulsion vote
- CWRU researcher Jonathan Karn shares his insights
- Van Lathan on why George Santos is the congressman America deserves
- The threat of respiratory illnesses is underway, CDC director says, and hospitalizations are on the rise
- Trump lambasted McCarthy for not endorsing him. McCarthy said f**k you, report says
- COP28 climate summit gets under way in Dubai | BBC News
- Which is the Better For Your Heart Health?