ISTANBUL 

Health officials in Egypt announced Sunday that the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 55.

Speaking on television, a health ministry spokesperson said seven new cases had been detected.

Egyptian authorities said Saturday that 33 passengers onboard a River Nile cruise ship were found to be infected by the virus.

The Ministry of Health said earlier that a German citizen who came to the country a week ago had died from the coronavirus, marking the country’s first death from the outbreak.

First detected in Wuhan city in central China in December, the virus, officially

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