Celebrated Egyptian actress Ragaa El-Gedawy has died in a quarantine hospital, weeks after testing positive for the new coronavirus, state media reported on Sunday. She was 81.
In late May, Gedawy, a former model, was transferred to a hospital in the coastal city of Ismailia, northeast of Cairo, after showing symptoms of the virus.
She was quarantined in the hospital until her death early on Sunday, the online edition of state-owned newspaper al-Ahram reported.
Gedawy was placed on a ventilator at an intensive care unit in the hospital due to her old age and her deteriorating health.
Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country of nearly 100 million people, recently loosened virus-related restrictions to boost its economy.
Health authorities have so far reported a total of 74,035 coronavirus cases and 3,280 related deaths.