March 17, 2020 / 6:24 PM / 15 days ago

Egypt reports two coronavirus deaths, total cases reach 196 -health ministry

CAIRO, March 17 (Reuters) - Egypt on Tuesday reported two more coronavirus deaths, bringing the country’s total to six, the health ministry said in a statement.

A 78-year-old Italian woman and a 70-year-old Egyptian man both died in an isolation hospital. The ministry had previously reported the death of two Germans and two Egyptians.

Egypt reported 30 new cases on Tuesday, raising the total to 196.

The tourism ministry had said on Monday that Egypt will keep its airspace open to allow tourists to return home when it halts air traffic at its airports from Thursday until March 31 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; editing by Grant McCool)

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