Health workers at a Cairo hospital say they have seen a rise in patients coming to them for treatment after the government declared a state of emergency in the capital over the outbreak.
“The number of patients has gone up, it’s been up more than 200 per cent.
It’s the biggest increase we’ve seen in the last month,” said Salma al-Shami, who works at a health centre near Cairo.
“It’s the worst we’ve ever seen.
I’m a nurse and we don’t have enough medicines.”
Salma said she was taking advantage of the increased demand as many of the patients she treated were critically ill and needed immediate care.
Health minister Nasser al-Zahrani said the emergency is to protect Egypt’s public health infrastructure.
“There are several health emergencies occurring in the country and we need to get them under control,” he said.
Egypt is the world’s top producer of prescription medicines.
It has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
There have been more than 4,600 deaths in the past six weeks.
Egypt has the highest death rate in the world with 1,534 deaths per 100,000 people.
Egypt’s health ministry says the number of deaths in Egypt was 4,914 last week.
The country has also been hit by the global financial crisis and the rise of ISIS.