- Egypt has reported its first death due to the coronavirus on Sunday
- A German tourist had contracted the virus and was receiving treatment in the country
- This makes the first death from the epidemic in Africa
A German tourist visiting eastern Egypt has passed away due to the coronavirus, according to the nation's health ministry.
Announcing the first death in Africa amid a global epidemic, the ministry confirmed the incident in a statement:
"The 60-year-old German citizen showed symptoms of a fever (and) checked into Hurghada Hospital on 6 March."
The tourist had tested positive for the virus a week after arriving in Egypt and died after only agreeing to move to an isolation ward when his breathing had been impacted by 'acute pneumonia'.
In total, 45 suspected cases have been reported in Egypt after both locals and foreigners boarded a Nile cruise ship and came into contact with the virus.
The ship had been carrying 171 people, 70 of whom were local crew members, according to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
Other than the unconfirmed cases from the cruise ship, Egypt has detected three cases of the virus. The first patient, a Chinese national, has already recovered and been released, reports News24.
Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has since confirmed the third case in South Africa.
All three cases have been linked back to the first, a 38-year-old man from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
The second case had been a 39-year-old Gauteng woman who had come into contact with the man, while the third case is the man's wife.
The couple's children have been placed under self-quarantine until their parents test negative for the virus.
The pair had recently travelled to Italy, which is currently considered Europe's epicentre for the spread of the virus.
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