Cairo has declared a state of emergency and called on Egypt’s health ministry to step up the efforts to deal with the growing number of infections that have been detected among hospitals in the country.
The Ministry of Health announced the outbreak on Tuesday, which is the first time that the emergency has been declared in the capital since January 1, the official MENA news agency reported.
“The government has decided to impose emergency measures in the wake of the emergence of a new and severe outbreak in a number of hospitals in Cairo,” the ministry said in a statement, according to MENA.
Egypt has not had a state-of-emergency since 2011, and a number on the country’s health care infrastructure have been upgraded in recent months.
The outbreak has been linked to the use of disinfectants used at hospitals and clinics across the country, MENA said.
On Monday, a man died after suffering a blood infection while visiting a medical clinic in the northern Sinai Peninsula, according an official from the Ministry of Emergency Situations.