Corona: Egypt says 1,443 people tested for coronavirus so far

Corona: Egypt says 1,443 people tested for coronavirus so far

Egypt’s health minister on Sunday said that 1,443 people had been tested so far for the new coronavirus, only one of whom tested positive and was cleared after being given appropriate medical care.

Speaking at a televised press conference ahead of a visit to China, Minister of Health Hala Zayed also said that Egypt has requested the details of coronavirus in two patients in France said to have returned with the illness from Egypt and has sent a medical team to investigate the places they had visited.

Meanwhile, South Korea reported nearly 500 new coronavirus cases on Monday, sending the largest national total in the world outside China past 4,000.

Four more people had died, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, taking the toll to 22.

Infection numbers have surged in the world's 12th-largest economy in recent days and the country's central bank has warned of negative growth in the first quarter, noting the epidemic will hit both consumption and exports, while scores of events have been cancelled or postponed over the contagion.

The figures are expected to rise further as authorities carry out checks on more than 260,000 people associated with the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious group often condemned as a cult that is linked to more than half the cases.