20:08 GMT - Egypt reports two deaths, 40 new cases 

Egypt reported 40 new confirmed cases and two more deaths because of coronavirus, bringing the total of COVID-19 related deaths in the country to four, the health ministry said in a statement.

The individuals were a 72-year-old German who died in Luxor and a 50-year-old Egyptian in Dakahlia governorate, the statement added.

19:55 GMT - Serbia postpones general elections

Serbia's state election commission has postponed the April 26 general elections due to the coronavirus outbreak and until after the abolishment of the state of emergency, it said in a statement.

"All the deadlines regarding the election process will be set after the end of the state of emergency," it said.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who is also the head of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, on Sunday declared the state of emergency in a bid to halt spreading of the coronavirus disease.


Anyone who pokes with cotton swabs in their ears can easily injure their eardrums. A crack or hole is also caused by strong, sudden pressure fluctuations - in the plane, when diving, in an explosion

What is a tympanic membrane injury?

A tympanic membrane injury causes a tear (rupture) or a hole (a perforation) in the eardrum.

How does this happen? Either by direct violence, for example sharp or blunt objects, burns and burns. Or by a rapid change in ambient pressure, such as in the airplane, in an explosion, in the triggering of an airbag or a blow to the ear . (More about the possible triggers in the chapter Causes .)


Stones in the gallbladder, which cause no symptoms, also need no therapy. With certain complaints, however, only the removal of the gallbladder remains in the end

What are gallstones?

Gallstones are small stones that consist of solidified bile.

Gallstones occur in about every sixth German, but only a quarter of those affected actually develop discomfort. However, symptoms such as pain in the upper abdomen, which may also radiate into the back or the right shoulder, action is required: For patients with a gallstone disease accompanied by such symptoms - also called symptomatic cholelithiasis by physicians - have an increased risk due to their Gallstones develop complications. Physicians share theCholelitihiasis on the location of the stones: Find stones in the gallbladder they speak of cholecystolithiasis, in stones in the bile duct of choledocholithiasis.


Chronic bronchitis can lead to COPD - a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Especially smokers are affected. The disease goes through several stages. All about causes, symptoms and treatment

The abbreviation COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, translated: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. According to studies, 15 percent of Europeans over 40 suffer from lung disease. Nevertheless, she is relatively unknown. COPD is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, in addition to heart attacks and strokes 

It is a disease about which doctors do not know much yet, but who pulls those affected out of life. Possible causes, symptoms and therapy approaches

CFS / ME: What is it?

It's a disease that suddenly pulls people out of their lives. The similar or more restrictive may be as multiple sclerosis , rheumatism or cancer . Neither the causes are currently known, nor are there any ways to detect the disease using certain markers. Therapies with which the disease can be treated specifically, stand out. Doctors and sufferers try to relieve the symptoms.


Alcohol is one of the main causes of chronic pancreatitis. But other factors also play an important role. Most common symptom: Upper abdominal pain. What helps against it

What is a chronic pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is when the pancreas becomes inflamed. A distinction is made between acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis. In chronic pancreatitis, there are repeated episodes of recurring non-infectious inflammation. These repeated inflammations can lead to a connective tissue remodeling and an increasing loss of function of the organ. This leads to the symptoms and consequences listed below


Cholera is an infectious disease. It is usually transmitted by contaminated water. It can lead to severe diarrhea with life-threatening fluid loss

What is cholera?

Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae . Known are more than 200 subgroups (serogroups), which differ in their surface features. Only two subgroups, the serogroups O1 and O139, are dangerous for humans.


Anthrax, also called anthrax, is caused by bacteria. Most of the time, people who work with livestock or animal products get infected

"Take penicillin," was one of the letters sent to the World Trade Center shortly after the attacks. Two US Senators and editors of American media companies received suspicious mail in October 2001. Their contents were life-threatening: a powder with anthrax pathogens. Five people who opened the letters died of the disease. 17 others became infected but were treated fast enough and survived. The letters were disguised as Islamist terrorist attacks, but investigations by the FBI revealed that the pathogens originated from a US-based bioweapons research laboratory. The sensational case spread in Germany fear of anthrax, although this disease hardly occurs here.


Antibiotics and analgesics are among the most common causes of drug allergy. More about symptoms, diagnosis and therapy

Medication may also cause adverse drug reactions - known as drug intolerances. However, there are different groups:

  • Most intolerances can theoretically affect all patients - such as side effects or interactions with other drugs. Such undesirable effects can be explained by the mechanism of action of the drug and, so to speak, predictable, their extent depends on the drug dose. Information about this usually contains the package insert.


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