CAIRO, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian Ministry of Health announced on Thursday the discovery of 13 new cases of COVID-19, raising the number of the coronavirus cases discovered in Egypt to 80.
"The 13 new cases tested positive for COVID-19 today and six of them had no symptoms," said the ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed, noting that the new cases included 10 Egyptians and three foreigners of different nationalities.
Megahed revealed that an Egyptian 60-year-old lady died on Thursday, raising the death cases of COVID-19 in Egypt to two. The first death case was of a 60-year-old German tourist who died on March 8.
"Until Thursday, the total number of those registered in Egypt as infected with coronavirus is 80, including 20 who recovered and were discharged from the quarantine hospital," the Egyptian spokesman pointed out.
Egypt has seven other cases that recovered and turned from positive to negative for the virus, but they are still being hospitalized until their 14-day quarantine period is over.
Earlier on Thursday, Egypt decided to shut down an international school in the capital Cairo because a parent of one of the students has communicated with a foreigner infected with COVID-19.
It also ordered a self-imposed quarantine on the students, teachers and administration for 14 days.