Major General Khaled Shaltout: dies of coronavirus infection

Egypt’s military said a senior officer, Major General Khaled Shaltout died Sunday following his infection from the coronavirus.

The military said in a statement that Shaltout was infected while participating in sterilisation which the military has been carrying out across the country.

The military said it has sterilised and disinfected public institutions and several squares in the capital, Cairo and other cities, to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Military spokesman Tamer el-Refai Saturday posted footage on social media showing military personnel in protective gear and equipment while disinfecting the Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 2011 uprising, and the metro station there.

Shaltout was the highest official infected by the virus to date in Egypt, which has 327 cases and 14 deaths.

Reported by VOA