FILE- Egyptian President and new African Union chairperson Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during the 32nd African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa on February 10, 2019. (AFP)
AIRO - 26 March 2020: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi participated in an online mini-summit for the leaders of the African Union Council to discuss the ways of combating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement on Thursday.
The meeting discussed the implications of Coronavirus pandemic for the African countries and the means of cooperation with international partners, he said, noting that the African meeting was held ahead of the G20 virtual summit on Thursday.
The African leaders agreed to establish an African fund to provide the necessary financial resources needed to combat the virus in Africa, Radi added.
The AU Bureau members include South Africa, Kenya, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Radi said.
Meanwhile, the leaders of the G20 virtual summit announced to inject $5 trillion into the global economy to fight the virus outbreak, saying that they will continue conducting “bold and large-scale fiscal support.”
US President Donald Trump announced that he will hold a conference on the outcomes of the G20 meeting.
In a press conference held on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health, Minister Hala Zayed announced that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Egypt rose to 456. The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, he added.
The virus was announced as pandemic by WHO on March 10, 2020. As yet, the global infected cases of the virus reached 492,250 people and 22,180 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 119,732.