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This comes as the virus has so far killed around 35,000 people worldwide, according to Worldometers.

In an online press conference on Monday, Hutin urged Egypt to follow the scenario of taking the required precautionary measures, and monitoring those who were in contact with the infected cases and putting them in quarantine.

He warned against failure to implement the necessary procedures in a timely manner, saying that it would worsen the situation and cause the health system to collapse.

Hutin has highlighted three important messages during the conference, including the need to protect oneself and others from being infected with the deadly virus, obtaining awareness information from official sources and seeking medical care in the event of being infected before having complications.

John Jabbour, the WHO representative in Egypt, also urged the Egyptian society and government to act responsibly, in order to avoid a coronavirus outbreak similar to Italy.

Egypt’s preparedness with a number of scenarios to face the pandemic can protect the African country from a hard scenario, he added.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health recorded Sunday 33 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 deaths of the viral virus according to a statement. All the new cases are Egyptians who have contracted the virus from cases that were previously recorded.

The total number of the cases recorded in Egypt is 609, 132 of them recovered and left the quarantine hospital, and 40 died.]]>
3/30/2020 5:14:23 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Latest development work in Central Cairo's Tahrir Square]]>
The obelisk installed in Tahrir Square spans back to the era of Ramses II. It was previously located in San el-Hagar area in Sharqiyah Governorate.

In February, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli visited Tahrir Square in Cairo to inspect the development project run by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Culture.

Being one of the most famous squares in Egypt, Tahrir Square spans over 45,000 meters, and hosts the huge roundabout of Omar Makram Mosque, the Egyptian Museum, Mogamma el-Tahrir government complex, the old Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, and the massive Tahrir Parking Garage.


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3/30/2020 4:52:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Armed Forces sterilize commercial areas of Old Cairo, Downtown ]]>
For the Downtown neighborhood, the Egyptian Armed Forces sterilized Al-Ataba Square, Al-Ataba Market, the Post Office Authority’s headquarters, Opera Square, Opera Garage, Abdel Aziz Street, El Geish Street, and side streets.

For the Old Cairo neighborhood, the Egyptian Armed Forces sterilized Al-Azhar Street, Al-Hussein Square, and the area surrounding Al-Hussein Mosque.

Egypt prepares for sterilization campaign nationwide over coronavirus

CAIRO - 16 March 2020: On Saturday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered a temporary closure to schools and universities in Egypt. Prime Minster MostafaMadbouly on Monday said Egypt will be suspending flights in all airports starting March 19 until March 31. Sisi further allocated L.E.




A partial curfew in Egypt began on March 25 to last for 15 days as a protective measure against the spread of coronavirus among a bundle of rules that include decreasing the working hours of stores and shopping malls, and the closure of restaurants and cafes.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister MostafaMadbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.




The Ministry of Health and Population declared on Sunday that COVID-19 cases rose by 33 for the total figure to become 609, including 132 who completely healed and left the quarantine hospital. The number of deaths became 40 increasing by four. ]]>
3/30/2020 3:59:05 PM
<![CDATA[Greater Cairo’s Ring Road to be enlarged by end of 2020]]>
Commenting on metro crowdedness ahead of curfew start time, the minister stated in a TV interview over the phone that the number of trains increased to 41 from 36, and that the waiting time between trains was decreased to two minutes instead of five.

The minister added that the trains and stations are sterilized periodically, and that all workers put on masks.

As for railways, the minister stated that a number of buses have been secured to drop off the passengers, whose trains arrive during the curfew to the closest points to their homes in Greater Cairo.

The minister added that free masks are distributed upon train passengers, but urged citizens to bring masks with them just in case the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) runs out of masks.

A partial curfew in Egypt began on March 25 to last for 15 days as a protective measure against the spread of coronavirus among a bundle of rules that include decreasing the working hours of stores and shopping malls, and the closure of restaurants and cafes.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister MostafaMadbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.




The ministry of Health and Population declared on Sunday that COVID-19 cases rose by 33 for the total figure to become 609, including 132 who completely healed and left the quarantine hospital. The number of deaths became 40 increasing by four.
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3/30/2020 3:54:30 PM
<![CDATA[336 Egyptians stranded in Kuwait evacuated due to coronavirus]]>
The 350 passengers included 14 people expelled for violating the residence law.

The flight came in coordination between the Kuwaiti authorities, the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait and the Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir, to bring back nationals with humanitarian cases and those who entered the country with visitor visas.

The fourth flight was operated on Sunday, with 303 Egyptian residents on board. The number of Egyptian nationals who departed Kuwait in the recent evacuation flights has reached 1293 people.

"The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has earlier assigned the African country’s embassies to prepare lists of Egyptian citizens stuck abroad," Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram said.

In an interview with Ahmed Moussa on Sada Al-Balad, a private TV channel, Makram noted that many Egyptians residing abroad are willing to return, but the authorities prioritize those who left the country via visitor visas.

"The United States currently has the largest number of Egyptian nationals stuck abroad," Makram said, adding that over 1,000 citizens are there.

She noted that a flight will be operated to Washington soon to bring back the Egyptian nationals, while four flights will take off from the United Kingdom.]]>
3/30/2020 3:45:35 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's consulate: Saudi Arabia extends visit visas till end of April 2020]]>
The consulate was replying for Egyptians' inquiries about the Saudi measures towards residents, who could not fly back during the period of the exit/re-entry visa, holders of business and tourist visas amid the suspension of the flights because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Saudi authorities took several measures including the extension of the exit re-entry visa for residents who left the Kingdom, the consulate noted

The Saudi procedures will expire after 30 days of the Saudi Health Ministry's announcement of the full end of the pandemic, it added.]]>
3/30/2020 2:38:19 PM
<![CDATA[Rapid interventions to support Upper Egypt development program: min.]]>
The minister made the remarks during a meeting with Mohamed Nada, a senior urban specialist at the World Bank Group, along with Head of the Local Development Program in Upper Egypt Hesham el Helbawy and his deputy at the premises of the ministry.

The rapid aid interventions intent to meet the goals of the Upper Egypt Development program that prioritize supporting workers enrolled in the program as well as the impoverished families in Qena and Sohag, the minister said.

A three-month long urgent plan will be outlined alongside probing offering in-kind support for the most needy families and the irregular workers, he added.

Also, coordination is underway to provide medical equipment for the hospitals and medical units as well as the sterilization products to villages, the minister said. ]]>
3/30/2020 11:05:58 AM
<![CDATA[2 Egyptian girls arrested over incitement to break curfew]]>
The two girls are accused of using social media accounts to incite citizens to ignore the curfew, disturbing the public order and posing threats to the lives of people.

They were arrested by security bodies and then released for a bail of EGP 20,000 each, while all legal proceedings have been taken to bring them to trial before a criminal court.

The public prosecution has urged all citizens to abide by the laws and avoid spreading rumors to protect the safety and health of people. ]]>
3/30/2020 10:59:09 AM
<![CDATA[Minister of transport calls for providing metro commuters with free face masks]]>
The minister inspected the Ramses railway station and several stations of the Cairo metro on Sunday.

Nine days ago, Deputy Chief of the Egyptian Railway Authority Samy Abdel-Tawab called on Egyptians to avoid using public transportation unless necessary to curb the outbreak of the virus.

Since mid-March, the Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting with suspending schools and universities. It also suspended the international flights to mid April.

Furthermore, a partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed Saturday 40 new cases of COVID-19, including one Jordanian national, to raise the number of coronavirus patients in Egypt to 576. The death toll rose to 36 people after confirming six more deaths [five Egyptians and one Italian].

The total number of the recovered people rose to 161 cases so far, while those who have been discharged from the isolation hospitals reached 121, the ministry added.



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3/30/2020 10:49:49 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Sisi orders to increase doctors’ allowance amid a pandemic]]>
The president’s directions came during a meeting that included prime minister Mustafa Madbouli, ministers of defense and military production, minister of higher education, minister of finance, and minister of health to discuss the current situation.

Al Sisi praised the efforts exerted by the medical doctors and ordered to allocate 2.25 billion pounds to boost medical staffers’ allowance, he also issued a directive about launching a risk fund for doctors and workers in the medical field.

The president ordered to issue exceptional rewards for the workers at quarantine, chest, and fever hospitals.

The president discussed the possibility of locally manufacturing medical supplies such as ventilators amid the sharp shortage the world faces during the war against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Al Sisi has also discussed his government’s efforts to have the Egyptians stranded abroad back into their country, and subject them to the precautionary measures in order to make sure they did not contract the Covid-19 virus.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health recorded Sunday 33 new cases of Covid-19 and 4 deaths of the viral virus according to a statement.

All the new cases are Egyptians who have contracted the virus from cases that were recorded before as part of the ministry’s measures to face the novel virus.

The total number of the cases recorded in Egypt is 609, 132 of them recovered and left the quarantine hospital, and 40 died.
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3/30/2020 1:23:21 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 33 new Covid-19 cases]]>
All the new cases are Egyptians who have contracted the virus from cases that were recorded before as part of the ministry’s measures to face the novel virus.

The total number of the cases recorded in Egypt is 609, 132 of them recovered and left the quarantine hospital, and 40 died.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Khaled Megahed, said that the number of cases who their results changed from positive to negative for Covid-19 jumped to 182 cases.
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3/29/2020 9:13:08 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism in Arab World to decline by $30.6B by end of April ]]>
The damage includes domestic tourism whose revenues recorded $130.8 billion in 2019. The decline in Arab airlines’ revenues is estimated at $14.4 billion by the end of April as the losses of the aviation sector on a global scale is estimated at $400 billion.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) speculates that the number of international tourists will decrease by 20-30 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year due to the coronavirus outbreak incurring a decline in international tourism revenues by $300-450 billion. That figure constitutes around one third of the international tourism revenues standing at $1.5 trillion.

According to Worldometer, there are 704,500 coronavirus cases around the globe with 33,519 deaths and 150,729 recovered cases.

On March 16, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced the suspension of aviation for 15 days starting March 19 which would cost the sector LE2.25 in losses. On March 24, he declared that aviation suspension will be extended for additional 15 days.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.



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3/29/2020 7:49:44 PM
<![CDATA[Limited number of Egyptian families in quarantine: Health Minister]]>
He told ExtraNews channel this morning that only four families have been quarantined after a few people of their relatives tested positive for the virus, noting that this is only a protective measure to curb the virus spread.



He confirmed that the Ministry of Supply provides those families with all their basic needs, while the Ministry of Interior is in charge of their security, denying the media remarks claiming that a number of governorates were put on a lockdown.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed Saturday 40 new cases of COVID-19, including one Jordanian national, to raise the number of coronavirus patients in Egypt to 576. The death toll rose to 36 people after confirming six more deaths [five Egyptians and one Italian].

"The total number of the recovered people rose to 161 cases so far, while those who have been discharged from the isolation hospitals reached 121," the ministry added.

As yet, the global cases infected with the virus reached 680,453 people and 31,912 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 146,352. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

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3/29/2020 6:21:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to produce ventilators for COVID-19 patients]]>
"During a meeting with Minister of Industry Nevin Gamei and Head of the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) Mohamed al-Siwidy on Saturday, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said that President Sisi ordered manufacturing the ventilators and providing the Egyptian factories with the supplies they need to prevent importations amid the current coronavirus crisis," Younis told "Al-Hikaya" talk show on MBC channel.

Younis added that the government asserted that all facilities will be provided concerning this matter.

Gamei told “Al-Youm” talk show on DMC channel that the Cabinet issued a decree to exclude the workers of pharmaceutical and food factories from the partial 14-day curfew that has been imposed since March 24, 2020.

Many countries around the globe suffer from a shortage of ventilators. US President Donald Trump ordered General Motors to produce ventilators for the Covid-19 patients, Time reported on Saturday. Italy, which is facing an uncontrolled situation of the virus' spread, suffered a massive shortage of ventilators to the extent that hospitals changed the scuba diving masks into ventilators, CBC news stated on Saturday. Meanwhile, the European Union has set a plan to produce more ventilators.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed Saturday 40 new cases of COVID-19, including one Jordanian national, to raise the number of coronavirus patients in Egypt to 576. The death toll rose to 36 people after confirming six more deaths [five Egyptians and one Italian].

"The total number of the recovered people rose to 161 cases so far, while those who have been discharged from the isolation hospitals reached 121," the ministry added.

As yet, the global cases infected with the virus reached 680,453 people and 31,912 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 146,352. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.]]>
3/29/2020 6:18:47 PM
<![CDATA[Police detect 286 violations of protective rules, break 571 market manipulation cases]]>
The measures that went into effect on March 25 include the closure of stores, the shopping malls and service outlets from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and the shutdown of restaurants and cafes for 15 days.

The police fined 213 stores, cafes, restaurants, and shopping malls, and 73 private tutoring centers. As private tutoring centers were banned earlier this month, and a large number of them were shut down, the total figure becomes 12,531 across the country.

Furthermore, the police broke market manipulation 571 cases, including 251 cases pertinent to monopoly, product hiding to create a deficiency in supply, and price manipulation.

On March 25, prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced a bundle of protective measures against COVID-19, including a partial curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. starting March 26 for 15 days.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.




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3/29/2020 6:10:34 PM
<![CDATA[1.2M Egyptian irregular workers apply for emergency allowance in 1 week]]>
Sunday only marked 500,000 applications which will be reviewed to evaluate eligibility. Already registered irregular workers have started receiving the allowance that is an emergency measure mandated by the coronavirus outbreak.

The state has allocated LE100 billion to face the repercussions of the pandemic, including boosting the social safety network, and healthcare services. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced on March 24 granting the Ministry of Health and Population LE1 billion to handle the COVID-19 crisis.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days, including a partial curfew.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.


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3/29/2020 5:34:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt prepared for all COVID-19 scenarios: health min.]]>
In an interview with Tase’a on state-run Al-Oula TV (Channel 1), Minister Hala Zayed said Egypt is working within the framework of strict precautionary measures to overcome the peak of the novel virus.

“Our capabilities are ready even for the worst scenarios and our hospitals are ready,” said Zayed. “The current measures are vey important, through which we try to have the least number of cases and deaths.”

The minister noted that 70% of the cases that tested positive for the coronavirus were in contact with previously reported cases.

Upper Egypt’s Luxor and Aswan had a very low infection rate during the past week, Zayed said.

As many as 28 cruise ships in Aswan were cleaned and sterilized throughout the current week, the deputy health minister in the city said earlier.

Dozens of positive cases were reported on board a Nile cruiser earlier in March in Aswan, as infection started with a Taiwanese-American tourist.


In remarks to Egypt Today, Deputy Health Minister in Aswan Ehab Hanafi said a number of measures were taken to protect citizens and workers in tourism sectors from the novel coronavirus. He also noted that tourist attractions, including temples, museums and hotels have been the focus of these efforts.

Concerning the governorates of Luxor, Aswan and South Sinai, known to be among the major tourist attractions in Egypt, Zayed earlier in March said some precautionary measures were taken, including banning workers in all tourist facilities from leaving these governorates for 14 days and putting them in quarantine.

The procedures in the three governorates will also include cleaning and sterilizing all tourist facilities as well as governmental and non-governmental facilities, Zayed said, adding that they will be unable to receive any tourists for 14 days starting from the date when the last tourist leaves.

The tourist ships also underwent precautionary measures, Zayed said, including testing all on board for the new virus, including visitors as well as the staff. Those who tested positive were quarantined. Concerning Nile cruisers, all those on board were put in quarantine for 14 days.]]>
3/29/2020 3:55:09 PM
<![CDATA[After flying back stranded Egyptians in London, minister coordinates return of 37 from Tunisia]]>
A number of those were on business trips while others are working for UNICEF and UN organizations working in Libya so they had to head to Tunisia to get back.

Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram praised the coordination between both ministries highlighting Enaba’s initiative to fly back dozens of Egyptians from London on March 17 on EgyptAir flight no. 779.

Enaba stated he would contribute in returning stranded Egyptians to assert that all EgyptAir pilots and crews must always be at the service of citizens under any circumstances.

Stranded Egyptians can fill out the following form to receive help:
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They can also email or Whatsapp the ministry: Egyexpcare2020@gmail.com - 01069613755/01062437210

And, they can always head to Egypt’s embassies and consulates in the countries they are visiting.

Egypt suspended international flights on March 19 for 15 days but the duration was extended to another 15 days as a protective measure against coronavirus outbreak. Yet, domestic and cargo flights continue operation.

Tourists who had arrived before that date were allowed to continue their programs and leave on previously scheduled dates. On Monday 23, all museums and archaeological sites were shut down so travel agencies had to reschedule their programs accordingly.

Red Sea hotels and resorts were instructed to quarantine workers for 14 days starting the check-out date of the last tourist. In parallel, all tourism establishments would be sterilized during the aviation suspension.

Between March 19-26, EgyptAir operated 33 flights to return stranded Egyptians from different countries.
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3/29/2020 3:50:43 PM
<![CDATA[100K families to join Egyptian social solidarity program: min. ]]>
In an interview with Kol Youm on ON E, Minister Neveen al-Qabbaj said there are 3.5 million families included in the Takaful and Karama, which means that 15 million Egyptian citizens benefit from the program.

She added that the budget of the program surged from LE 3.6 billion ($229.25 million) in 2014 to LE 19.3 billion ($1.23 billion) now.



Takaful and Karama (Solidarity and Dignity) conditional and unconditional cash transfer program is one of Egypt’s largest investments in human capital development. It was launched in 2015 with the support of a $400 million World Bank program.
It is implemented by the Ministry of Social Solidarity.

Takaful and Karama provides conditional family income support aimed at increasing food consumption, reducing poverty, while encouraging families to keep children at school and providing them with needed health care.

Along with ensuring vulnerable families receive basic nutrition, the goal is to build the human capital of the next generation and give them a path out of poverty.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said in July the government will continue to support social protection programs and the subsidy system, while establishing an accurate and sound database to determine the real beneficiaries.]]>
3/29/2020 3:00:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt extends closures of mosques, places of worship due to COVID-19]]>
In a statement issued on Sunday, Minister of Endowment Mukhtar Gomaa said that Friday prayer and other congregational prayers will remain suspended, noting that the ministry is coordinating with the Ministry of Health regarding the health measures.

The minister continued that the violation of the decision of suspension is religiously considered a “sin” that requires accountability.

On March 20, 2020, the ministry closed the mosques and worship places for two weeks, one day after many people attended the Friday prayer, asking people to stay at homes.

Since mid-March, the Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting with suspending schools and universities. It also suspended the international flights to mid April.

Furthermore, a partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed Saturday 40 new cases of COVID-19, including one Jordanian national, to raise the number of coronavirus patients in Egypt to 576. The death toll rose to 36 people after confirming six more deaths [five Egyptians and one Italian].

"The total number of the recovered people rose to 161 cases so far, while those who have been discharged from the isolation hospitals reached 121," the ministry added.



As yet, the global cases infected with the virus reached 672,086 people and 31,191 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 143,870. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.



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3/29/2020 2:20:13 PM
<![CDATA[3rd EgyptAir flight brings back hundreds of nationals from Kuwait]]>
The plane carried 340 passengers.

The returnees were tested for coronavirus in the airport as they underwent precautionary measures.

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The second Egyptian flight took off Friday afternoon from Kuwait International Airport to bring back Egyptians seeking to return home.

The EgyptAir flight, which was operated in coordination with the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait, was carrying 325 Egyptian on board.

On Wednesday, an EgyptAir flight left Cairo for Kuwait to bring back Egyptians stranded there and would like to return home.

EgyptAir company operates a flight daily to bring back all Egyptians in Kuwait who would like to return to Egypt until March 30.

The flag carrier has operated many flights to bring back the Egyptians stuck abroad.

Egypt tests nationals returning from Europe for coronavirus: sources

CAIRO – 27 March 2020: Quarantine authorities in Cairo International Airport on Thursday declared the state of emergency, to test Egyptians coming from Brussels on a flight operated by the Egyptian flag carrier, EgyptAir, for coronavirus, Emirati 24.ae reported.




The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has assigned the African country’s embassies to prepare lists of the number of Egyptian citizens stuck abroad, Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram said.

In an interview with Ahmed Moussa on Sada Al-Balad, a private TV channel, Makram noted that many Egyptians residing abroad are willing to return, but the authorities give a priority to those who left the country via visitor visas.

The United States currently has the largest number of Egyptian nationals stuck abroad, Makram said, adding that over 1,000 citizens are there.

She noted that a flight will be operated to Washington soon to bring back the Egyptian nationals, while four flights will take off from the United Kingdom.]]>
3/29/2020 1:32:26 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies cancellation of 2nd semester for universities]]>
The cabinet contacted the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research that refuted such news as groundless and affirmed that only the the mid-term exams had been cancelled not the final ones.

The academic semester will resume for all the university grades once the suspension period is terminated, the ministry said, adding that the exams will start as of May 20.]]>
3/29/2020 1:17:20 PM
<![CDATA[China reports 5 deaths, 44 new coronavirus infections]]>
The domestically transmitted case was reported in Henan province on Saturday, it said.

The 5 new fatalities had been all reported from the epicentre Hubei province.

So far, 81,439 infections were reported in China, including 3,300 individuals who have died, 2,691 still under medication and 75,448 others who were discharged after therapy.]]>
3/29/2020 11:32:10 AM
<![CDATA[South Koreans in Egypt mull leasing aircraft to return home]]>
Based on the listed number, the community will take a decision to lease an aircraft to send them home, the community said through social networking websites.

There are 700 South Koreans living in Egypt.

Egypt suspended all flights as a precautionary measure against coronavirus outbreak but allows some limited flights to bring home nationals stranded in some world countries. ]]>
3/29/2020 11:29:53 AM
<![CDATA[Situation in Egypt under control thanks to govt's coronavirus precautions, says official]]>
State institutions are wisely addressing the crisis and are supported by Egyptians who were committed to the regulations announced by the government to prevent the spread of the epidemic, Hilal said in statements to MENA on the sidelines of his participation in the video-conferencing dialogue organized by Kemet Boutros Ghali Foundation for Peace and Knowledge on repercussions of coronavirus.

He also lauded the positive role played by civil society institutions and individual initiatives to encourage people to stay at home to contain the virus.]]>
3/29/2020 11:27:21 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Sisi receives a call from Sheikh Zayed]]>
“I discussed with my brother Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the president of Egypt, the deep-rooted brotherly relations, and ways to enhance them, most important developments, in particular the joint efforts to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the joint cooperation, and coordination to stop its spread, may God protect Egypt and its people from all harm,” read Sheikh Zayed’s tweet.


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3/28/2020 10:39:30 PM
<![CDATA[MWL condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Chad]]>
The Muslim World League also expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the attack that targeted the Nigerian army in the country’s north-east and resulted in dozens of dead and wounded.

The Rabita’s statement issued by His Excellency its Secretary-General and Chairman of the Council of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Bin Abdulkarim Alissa said that these terrorist acts will only intensify the war on terrorism through consistency and strength, highlighting the importance of continuing to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge intellectually and to rout its evil from its roots, along with military confrontation that has so much embattled terrorism.

He pointed out that terrorism was founded on deviant ideology that spring to life intermittently, however, its complete downfall lies in exposing the truth of its devious ideas and dismantling all its suspicions, which are based on a systematic misconception in which enabled it to infiltrate some of its targets.

The MWL’s statement mentioned the great role played by the Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism, which encompassed forty-one Muslim countries as active members of this important alliance, in addition to other supportive countries. The statement further praised its four battle-axes; namely military, intellectual and media confrontations in addition to targeting terrorist financing through effective legislations and stern measures in mutual coordination amongst countries.

The statement also noted the vital efforts made by the international coalition against ISIS, adding that while terrorism sees those efforts tightening the noose around its neck still persists on rearing its ugly head to announce its presence through desperate criminal acts.
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3/28/2020 10:18:21 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 40 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths]]>
The ministry confirmed 6 more deaths, five Egyptians and one Italian.

The Ministry’s statement added that 5 cases for Egyptians have recovered from the novel virus, to raise the number of recovered to 121.
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3/28/2020 8:47:30 PM
<![CDATA[PM directs to secure provision of foodstuff commodities, medicines]]>
The premier made his statements at a meeting held on Saturday to follow up the operation of factories and check the availability of production requirements under the government's procedures to overcome the consequences of the novel coronavirus.

The meeting was attended by Minster of Trade and Industry Nevin Gamea and head of the Federation for Egyptian Industries (FEI) Mohamed el Sewedi.

Madbouli stressed that the factories should abide by the application of all preventive measures to protect the health and lives of all workers.

The premier pointed out that the traffic of such commodities and production requirements will not be restricted.

Gamea said all necessary arrangements have been adopted to ensure the operation of foodstuff commodities and medicines factories with full capacity.

The minister added that coordination with the concerned bodies has been made to allow the transport of such products and requirements during the curfew hours.

El Sewedi extended thanks to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the premier and all officials of the government over the support of the national industry in light of the application of the precautionary procedures to counter the outbreak of the COVID-19.

El Sewedi said the FEI will provide EGP 5 million to contribute to buying medical requirements of the Health Ministry to help the State combat the coronavirus. ]]>
3/28/2020 5:42:15 PM
<![CDATA[NTRA orders free monthly bundle for Egypt's doctors]]>
The authority said that the decision came as part of directives of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat in support of Egypt’s doctors, who represent the first line of defense against the novel virus.

It added that the decision comes in continuation of initiatives launched by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to support the state's efforts to confront the virus. ]]>
3/28/2020 5:33:31 PM
<![CDATA[Retrial of 8 defendants put off to April 27 in Helwan violence case]]>
The incidents datd back to July 2013.

The Cairo criminal court had sentenced seven of the defendants to ten years of rigorous imprisonment and nine others in absentia to 15 years of rigorous imprisonment.]]>
3/28/2020 4:29:09 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 kills young Egyptian veterinarian in Saudi Arabia]]>
The Egyptian Veterinarian Syndicate announced the news saying he graduated from Zagazig University in 2012.

Negm is the third Egyptian expat to die because of COVID-19 abroad as two men passed away in Italy earlier this month.

Egypt has recorded 41 new coronavirus cases, Friday, including an American national and 40 Egyptians, who were in contact with other positive cases.

According to Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed, the new cases raises the total number of COVID-19 patients in Egypt to 536. All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, he added.

Six more deaths were confirmed, including a German woman and five Egyptians; raising the total number to 30.

"Up to 116 COVID-19 patients have totally recovered so far" the spokesman said. Three French nationals and 11 Egyptians were among the recovered patients today, Megahed added.

The number of patients who had now been retested for the virus and had received negative results has reached 147, after getting treatment in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Thursday, Egypt’s Health Ministry announced recording 39 new cases for COVID-19, including nineteen nurses from different hospitals according to the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate

"Egypt has a decisive opportunity to effectively control the outbreak and prevent local transmission of the Coronavirus," said the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Egypt on Thursday.

"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.
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3/28/2020 3:47:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt uses chloroquine in treating COVID-19 patients: Minister]]>
In media remarks given to al-Hikaya talk show on MBC Misr channel, Zayed said that such drugs should not be taken haphazardly by people and physicians are those who have the authority to prescribe them.




The Ministry uses these medications because they have positive results and resulted in healing more cases, calling on citizens to not use these medications without consulting a doctor.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that malaria medications of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are still being under consideration in treating Covid-19 patients.

The U.S. and several countries in Europe are conducting clinical trials to find a medication for novel coronavirus; scientists are trying to use plasma rich in antibodies from recovered people to treat the patients.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Friday that 41 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 536.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid-April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.
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3/28/2020 2:54:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Mediterranean shores closed to curb COVID-19 spread]]>
Alexandria governor Mohamed al-Sherif decided to close the shores after many people went there and violated the hygienic and medical measures.

Meanwhile, Governor of South Sinai Khaled Fouda decided to close all the beaches across the governorate until further notice. Violators of the decision will be subject to deterrent penalties.

Damietta Governor Manal al-Awad also ordered the closure of the Lesan Area [a touristic destination in Ras al-Bar], saying the decision will come into force on Saturday.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Friday that 41 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 536.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid-April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.

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3/28/2020 12:51:54 PM
<![CDATA[US surpasses 100,000 coronavirus cases]]>
There have been 100,717 cases including 1,475 deaths as of Saturday morning.

The biggest cluster by far is in New York, home to almost half the cases, which has seen more than 500 deaths as patient overwhelmed the hospitals.]]>
3/28/2020 12:30:18 PM
<![CDATA[Russia's coronavirus cases jump to 1,264]]>
Four people have been killed by the virus, according to the Moscow Times.

Most of the cases are in Moscow. This week, Moscow changed the way it counts its coronavirus cases, with patients considered coronavirus-positive upon a single positive test rather than having samples sent to a lab in Novosibirsk for further verification. ]]>
3/28/2020 12:26:28 PM
<![CDATA[Germany says won't relax coronavirus restrictions before April 20]]>
"We are not talking about any easing until April 20. Until then all measures will remain in place," Helge Braun told the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Chancellor Angela Merkel had already said Thursday that it was too early to discuss when social distancing measures would be lifted.

Braun said he wants to follow a similar approach to how South Korea is tackling the pandemic, using digital tracking to alert people if they have had contact with infected persons.]]>
3/28/2020 12:12:15 PM
<![CDATA[Facts on COVID-19 deaths in Egypt]]>
The nationalities of foreigners vary between German, Italian, and Indian, while the governorates to which Egyptians belong are Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Daqahliyah, Damietta, and Menoufeya.

The ages of the deceased range between 50 and 80.

The first death of a 60-year old German tourist took place on March 8.

The following death case was of a 60-year-old Egyptian woman in Daqahliyah on March 12.

Four days later, a 50-year-old man in her surroundings passed away.

Egypt has recorded 41 new coronavirus cases, Friday, including an American national and 40 Egyptians, who were in contact with other positive cases.

According to Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed, the new cases raises the total number of COVID-19 patients in Egypt to 536. All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, he added.

Six more deaths were confirmed, including a German woman and five Egyptians; raising the total number to 30.

"Up to 116 COVID-19 patients have totally recovered so far" the spokesman said. Three French nationals and 11 Egyptians were among the recovered patients today, Megahed added.

The number of patients who had now been retested for the virus and had received negative results has reached 147, after getting treatment in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Thursday, Egypt’s Health Ministry announced recording 39 new cases for COVID-19, including nineteen nurses from different hospitals according to the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate

"Egypt has a decisive opportunity to effectively control the outbreak and prevent local transmission of the Coronavirus," said the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Egypt on Thursday.

"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.
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3/28/2020 12:07:03 PM
<![CDATA[Patients treated at state’s expense entitled to free transfer to hospital]]>
The Supreme Administrative Court said it would be “absurd” if a citizen is given free healthcare but not a free means to receive it, if that does not also pose a threat to their life.

Healthcare is one of the government’s most important commitments towards citizens if performed properly, the court added.

The ruling comes as the country tries to curb coronavirus by a curfew, the suspension of traditional education and other measures.

Confirmed coronavirus cases have been transferred in an ambulance from their homes. Government-owned hospitals, rather than privately-owned ones, deal with the coronavirus patients either free of charge with insurance or at low prices.

The tally of people who tested positive for coronavirus stand at 536 Friday, of those 30 have died, 116 have been released, and 147 have tested negative after treatment.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi allocated LE100 billion to counter the novel virus, also making a number of economic decisions to assist businesses and individuals during this rough time.
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3/28/2020 12:05:08 PM
<![CDATA[27 new labs to test for Covid-19]]>
Two of those labs will be opened in the next few days, Khaled Megahed told Ten TV Wednesday.

The labs will help testing more people across the country without crowding. The government-owned central labs already have 19 branches.

The tally of people who tested positive for coronavirus stand at 536 Friday, of those 30 have died, 116 have been released, and 147 have tested negative after treatment.]]>
3/28/2020 12:00:53 PM
<![CDATA[Into 7th week: stats on COVID-19 in Egypt]]>
20,000 were tested in all 27 governorates.

536 of those tested positive until March 28 marking the last day of the sixth week.

30 passed away.

147 tested negative after the infection.

Of those, 116 completely healed and left the quarantine hospital.

The percentage of infected cases that recovered is 28.

Only 10 percent of infected cases have needed artificial respiration devices.

70 percent of infections were contracted by dealing with positive cases, who are foreigners and Egyptians who have been abroad.

Upper Egyptian patients recover more than the dwellers of other governorates.

The WHO classifies Egypt as the country with the highest recovery rate.
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3/28/2020 11:23:27 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Saied discuss coronavirus updates in phone call]]>
In a Friday statement, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady stated that the two leaders agreed during the call to boost bilateral coordination on combating the pandemic, through exchanging experience and strengthening communication between the two countries' bodies concerned.

The two sides also probed means of fostering bilateral cooperation at the economic and trade levels, as well as increasing common investments, especially in light of the joint Egyptian-Tunisia higher committee, the spokesman added.

Concerning the Libyan issue, Sisi and Saied agreed on the necessity of stepping up bilateral coordination on that score, supporting the UN-led efforts and implementing the outcome of the Berlin Summit, to reach a political settlement to the crisis, which in turn could pave the way for regaining security and stability to the North African country.

On March 26, 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.

The meeting discussed the implications of Coronavirus pandemic for the African countries and the means of cooperation with international partners, Rady said in a statement.

The African leaders agreed to establish an African fund to provide the necessary financial resources needed to combat the virus in Africa, Radi added.
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3/27/2020 11:02:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 41 new coronavirus cases, 6 deaths]]>
According to Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed, the new cases raises the total number of COVID-19 patients in Egypt to 536. All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, he added.

Six more deaths were confirmed, including a German woman and five Egyptians; raising the total number to 30.

"Up to 116 COVID-19 patients have totally recovered so far" the spokesman said. Three French nationals and 11 Egyptians were among the recovered patients today, Megahed added.

The number of patients who had now been retested for the virus and had received negative results has reached 147, after getting treatment in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Thursday, Egypt’s Health Ministry announced recording 39 new cases for COVID-19, including nineteen nurses from different hospitals according to the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate

"Egypt has a decisive opportunity to effectively control the outbreak and prevent local transmission of the Coronavirus," said the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Egypt on Thursday.

"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.
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3/27/2020 10:05:20 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Al Miawiah launches Covid-19 awareness campaign in collaboration with Health Ministry ]]>
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This campaign took place in different places all Over Cairo and Giza governorates aiming at reaching all people and raise awareness about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and reducing the spread pf the virus.

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The digital screens campaign provides important health and wellness information on reducing the spread of coronavirus and the latest global health and safety information, guidelines and resources. Along with keeping people and communities socially connected through digital tools and virtual events as everyone copes with the impact of the pandemic.

Al Miawiah broadcast the MOHP campaign on all its screens network to reach targeted audience in most of Cairo streets.

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Earlier on March, AL Miawiah Advertising Services Company received bt100 annual award, during a dazzling ceremony held with the attendance of Cabinet members, businessmen, high profile companies, start-ups, celebrities and journalists.

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Al-Miawiah is one of the leading outdoor advertising company operating in the region. Through its innovation, Al-Miawiah placed its quality and reputation to meet the client's needs and to contribute to the development of the outdoor advertising in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Al-Miawiah Egypt Network include 16 prime screens locations in various areas of Greater Cairo, Mohandessin, Dokki, Zayed-6 of October , Heliopolis, Nasr city and Downtown.


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3/27/2020 8:37:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt issues decision facilitating final exams for secondary grades students]]>
The curriculum topics have been cut to facilitate the study. The decision has been taken after the government suspended the study at the schools and universities for more two weeks to be resumed mid-April.

On March 19, Egyptian Minister of Education Tareq Shawki canceled final examination for primary and preparatory school students amid the fears of the coronavirus.

In a televised speech, Minister Tareq Shawki reviewed the ministry’s plan to facilitate e-educational methods for the students who stay at home after president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decreed the suspension of the study at schools and universities nationwide amid the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic for two weeks starting from March 15, 2020.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Thursday that 39 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 495.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.

The virus was announced as pandemic by WHO on March 10, 2020. As yet, the global infected cases of the virus reached 552,589 people and 25,042 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 128,704.
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3/27/2020 5:11:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt tests nationals returning from Europe for coronavirus: sources]]>
The medical teams prepared to test around 150 Egyptians for the novel coronavirus, who had been stuck in Belgium and some other European countries, sources revealed.

The authorities also kept a list of their names to monitor their health condition for 14 days, in coordination with the health directorates they belong to, the sources added.

EgyptAir on Thursday morning operated a flight from Cairo to Brussels, through Hurghada, to move Belgian and European visitors who had been stuck in Egypt, and also to return dozens of Egyptians stuck in some European states.

Last week, Egyptian Ambassador in Oman Mohamed Ghoneim said final steps are now taken to coordinate with EgyptAir and obtain the required permits and official approvals, to operate an exceptional flight to Cairo.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Ghoneim said the date of the flight and prices of tickets would be announced later, once procedures are finished.

However, the flight is expected to start from Muscat, the capital of Oman, at dawn, to arrive in Egypt by 7 a.m., Ghoneim noted, citing initial information.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Thursday that 39 new cases have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 495.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said that seven coronavirus cases were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care as per WHO's technical guidelines, taking the total number of recoveries to 102.

The recovered cases included one foreigner and six Egyptians, he added.

Egypt recorded three new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 24, he noted.]]>
3/27/2020 5:10:10 PM
<![CDATA[Orthodox Church: No preparations made for prayers of Holy Week, Easter]]>
In press statements, Halim dismissed as groundless the reports circulated on social media websites about arrangements made for the prayers.

The spokesman urged people not to publish any news, except those announced on the official page of the Coptic Orthodox Church’s media center.

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese has decided to close all churches and suspend Masses and other Christian rituals as part of the precautionary measures taken to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.]]>
3/27/2020 5:05:34 PM
<![CDATA[British Health Secretary Matt Hancock tests positive for coronavirus]]>
The British health secretary is overseeing the NHS’s efforts to cope with the epidemic, as it struggles with a lack of ventilators, protective equipment, and testing, the Independent reported Friday.

But he tweeted: “Following medical advice, I was advised to test for coronavirus. I’ve tested positive.

“Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home & self-isolating. Vital we follow the advice to protect our NHS & save lives.”

The diagnosis will raise fears about how far into the heart of British government infections have spread, with concern over the chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser.]]>
3/27/2020 5:01:13 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19: Health Ministry doubles quarantine period for Egyptian returnees to 28 days]]>
In its weekly report, the Ministry of Health called for immediate reporting of suspected cases and notifying the Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance.

The ministry, also, urged the hospitals and quarantines across the country to stay on alert. ]]>
3/27/2020 4:55:39 PM
<![CDATA[2nd EgyptAir flight brings back Egyptians stranded in Kuwait]]>
The EgyptAir flight, which was operated in coordination with the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait, was carrying 325 Egyptian on board.

On Wednesday, an EgyptAir flight left Cairo for Kuwait to bring back Egyptians stranded there and would like to return home.

EgyptAir company operates a flight daily to bring back all Egyptians in Kuwait who would like to return to Egypt until March 30.]]>
3/27/2020 3:47:33 PM
<![CDATA[Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19]]>LONDON - 27 March 2020: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, Sky News reported Friday.

The prime minister tweeted a video message confirming he had COVID-19, adding: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

"I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

"Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives."

"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he added.]]>
3/27/2020 1:58:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt dealt with coronavirus crisis with full courage, transparency: official]]>
In an interview with Al Ahram Al Arabi magazine, Ibrahim added that the State has been keen to take all preventive measures and decisions that preserve the value of people and combat the virus.

The official urged citizens to implement all instructions of the State in this regard as well as to have full confidence in the way it tackles the issue.

He also called on people to avoid spreading rumors circulated on social media websites since they just aim to cause a state of worry and instability in the country. (MENA)
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3/27/2020 1:05:46 PM
<![CDATA[Number of Egyptians stranded in Switzerland being counted- consulate]]>
The consulate noted on its official social media page that the cases include those who do not have permanent residence permits in Switzerland or any other European Union country.

The same thing applies to students and those who were on medical trips and could not return home, it added.

Taking into account the current conditions as regards the spread of coronavirus, work is underway to help all Egyptian nationals stranded in Switzerland go back home, the consulate said.

It asserted that all returnees will undergo medical checkups once they arrive in Egypt as per the instructions of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and in compliance with the World Health Organization’s guidelines.

They may also stay in quarantine for 14 days if required, the consulate added. (MENA)]]>
3/27/2020 12:56:29 PM
<![CDATA[Number of buildings sterilized nationwide reaches 54,948, says minister]]>
In a statement released Friday, Shaarwai added that 4,257 shops have violated the prime minister’s closure decision.

The State has taken several decisions to combat the COVID-19, including a ban on the movement of citizens from 7 pm till 6 am, the closure of restaurants, cafes, sporting clubs, youth centers, and educational centers, in addition to suspending classes at all schools, universities, and kindergartens.

The minister noted that local authorities seized hookahs at 4,748 cafes and shut down 4,045 educational centers that violated the premier’s decision.

He added that a total of 1,449 local markets have been canceled to ban gatherings of people.]]>
3/27/2020 11:33:16 AM
<![CDATA[Armed Forces disinfects main streets to prevent Covid-19 spread]]>
The move is part of the preventive measures implemented at the main streets in the country.

The concerned departments of the Armed Forces were keen to take all the preventive measures to confront the spread of the Covid-19 through the use of chemicals that meet international quality standards to eliminate viruses, germs, and bacteria, in a manner that contributes to limiting the spread of the virus and provides a safe environment for citizens.



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3/27/2020 11:30:28 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian medical supplies delivered to Gaza after Covid-19 detected]]>
On Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced that nine Gazans have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Only two Palestinians had tested positive previously and were quarantined. The other seven, discovered Wednesday, are security men who interacted with the two patients while guarding the quarantine, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.

The ministry emphasized that all the nine patients did not leave the quarantine and did not interact with any other people outside, and that no other cases in Gaza have been detected.]]>
3/27/2020 12:17:36 AM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies stopping public transportation services on Friday, Saturday]]>
In a report on Thursday, the center said that the ministries of transportation and local development denied these claims saying they are mere rumors.

Both ministries reiterated that all means of public transportation will work normally during the days of the week according to the temporary schedule set during the curfew period. ]]>
3/26/2020 11:54:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt report 39 new coronavirus cases]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said that seven coronavirus cases were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care as per WHO's technical guidelines, taking the total number of recoveries to 102.

The recovered cases included one foreigner and six Egyptians, he added.
Egypt recorded three new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 24, he noted.

Earlier on Wednesday head of the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate said that nineteen nurses from different hospitals in Egypt contracted Covid-19.

The hospitals include the Imbaba Fevers Hospital in Giza, Kawthar Mahmoud said, in an interview with Al-Tase’a on the state-run Al-Oula TV (Channel 1). The 19 nurses are being monitored, she added.

"Egypt has a decisive opportunity to effectively control the outbreak and prevent local transmission of the Coronavirus," said the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Egypt on Thursday.

"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.
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3/26/2020 11:48:22 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi thanks Egyptians for cooperating with authorities against Covid-19]]>
In a Thursday Facebook post, Sisi expressed his appreciation for the citizens as they show cooperation with the government and responding positively to its measures in the face of coronavirus.

“I also thank various state institutions, the Armed Forces, the police, and all those who run the comprehensive healthcare system for their sincere efforts in all directions,” Sisi said.

The curfew, imposed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., began Wednesday and will last for 15 days. It is the latest measure against Covid-19 after schools and universities were suspended and commercial activities stopped in the night time.

The tally of those confirmed sick with the novel virus stands at 514, while the death toll is 24.]]>
3/26/2020 10:16:50 PM
<![CDATA[392 prisoners released per presidential and conditional pardon ]]>
The High Commission for Pardon began examining the cases entitled to conditional release, and it selected 285 inmates to be released, while 107 were pardoned.

"The release of the prisoners comes as part of the ministry’s reform plan and to keep up with the punitive execution from a comprehensive perspective, activating the executive role of the methods of releasing the convicts, who have been seen as qualified to start engaging in the society," the ministry stated.

On January 25, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree pardoning a number of 2975 prisoners and other 498 on parole on the occasion of the National Police Day celebration and the 68th anniversary of the epic Ismailia battle.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet. However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing. The decree was published in the official gazette.

Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak issued a decision to consider the day an official holiday ‘Police Day’ in February 2009, in appreciation to the efforts of the police forces, and recognizing their sacrifices.

It also comes to coincide with the January 25 Revolution that broke out in 2011, demanding the overthrow of Mubarak’s regime.
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3/26/2020 6:49:30 PM
<![CDATA[Dusty winds in Cairo Thursday, temperature to decline Friday]]>
The country will witness dusty winds on most parts of the country on Thursday, with a slight rise in temperatures, and slight rainfall in many parts of Cairo and Giza.

Cairo will record highs of 26 °C and lows of 15 °C, Alexandria will record highs of 23 °C and lows of 15 °C, Matrouh will record 22 °C and lows of 12 °C, Sohag will record highs of 22 °C and lows of 16 °C, and Qena will record highs of 35 °C and lows of 16 °C.






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3/26/2020 6:47:41 PM
<![CDATA[WHO: Egypt has decisive opportunity to effectively control Covid-19 pandemic]]>
"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.



“The WHO technical mission to Egypt for Covid-19 concludes with key findings of solid work being done to control the outbreak, especially in the areas of disease detection and contact tracing, laboratory testing, and referral of patients,” the office explained.

“WHO will continue to work with Egypt to enhance infection prevention & control at all levels, and identify alternative mechanisms for testing patients,” it stressed.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, including suspending schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid April.

A partial two-week curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely.

Meanwhile, all mosques and Islamic places of worship across Egypt were closed for two weeks starting from March 21, 2020, to curb the coronavirus spread.

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, she 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.


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3/26/2020 6:10:25 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi participates in AU virtual mini-summit on COVID19 pandemic]]>
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.
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3/26/2020 5:53:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to operate exceptional flight to Oman to bring home stranded Egyptians]]>
The embassy on its Facebook page on Thursday said the Egypt government has suspended all flights in line with the World Health Organization's guidelines on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, but Egypt operates exceptional flights to bring stranded Egyptians back home or sending tourists to their homelands.

Only Egyptians who were on a visit to Oman and stuck there will be allowed to border the flights, the embassy said.

Those who will arrive on board of this flight will be quarantined for 14 days, it added.]]>
3/26/2020 4:33:53 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi offers condolences to Indonesian President over mother’s death]]>
Sisi, through the cable, has prayed to God that the Indonesian president’s mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, will be granted mercy.

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3/26/2020 4:33:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian consulate in Istanbul announces measures to return home Egyptians stranded in Turkey]]>
This comes as part of the efforts of the Egyptian authorities to support Egyptian nationals stranded because of Egypt’s decision of suspending flights due to a coronavirus pandemic, the consulate said on its social media websites.

The stranded Egyptians should be carrying Egyptian passports, should not be residents in Turkey, should pay the cost of returning them back home and should be ready for a 14-day quarantine after their return home.

The consulate urged those who want to return home to contact it on its Facebook page.]]>
3/26/2020 4:28:06 PM
<![CDATA[Snakes or animal male organs: What did Chinese group in Egypt barbecue?]]>
According to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, the Chinese group, including two women, have been arrested and interrogated by the police for the complaint.

The five-member group was tested for coronavirus after it has been revealed that the two women’s health was deteriorating, and the villa has been sanitized.

The Chinese Embassy in Cairo was also notified to send a representative to attend the interrogation procedures, the statement added.

As per the initial investigations, one of the two women, who rented the villa, said that what was barbecued were not snakes at all but animal male organs. She added that she bought them from an Egyptian slaughterhouse and wanted to prepare them for her Chinese friends.

The following video shows the confiscated barbecue meat


During the investigations, samples of the seized meat were sent to Cairo’s Veterinary Medicine Directorate to check it.

Later, Head of the Veterinary Medicine Directorate Sayed Eibeid told “9 PM” talk show on Wednesday that the barbecued meat is the male organs of calves and pigs.

In other comments to Youm7, Eibeid said that the animal male organs are being used as sexual therapy and are eaten normally in Egypt.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-2019) late December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Chinese people’s food habits have been blamed for the virus outbreak especially after unconfirmed reports stated that the Chinese bat soup might have been the source of the virus.

The virus was announced as pandemic by the International Health Organization on March 10, 2020. As yet, the global infected cases of the virus reached 488,397 people and 22,067 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 117,607.


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3/26/2020 4:26:55 PM
<![CDATA[5 sentenced to death in Egypt over damaging pipeline, causing 9 deaths]]>
The five others were handed a 25-year imprisonment sentence.


The tragic incident took place in Egypt’s northern governorate of Beheira causing the injury of 11 people. The burns affected a maximum of 50 percent of the injured bodies and varied in their degrees.

According to investigations, defendants planned to steal petroleum products from the pipeline crossing a private property. For that purpose, they rented the land in October and dug to reach the pipeline connecting it to smaller pipes and a stopcock they installed.

In the morning of November 13, one of the defendants attempted to install another stopcock accidentally puncturing a pipe. That resulted in a leak they failed to control so they escaped. The petrol got mixed with a wastewater channel and a blaze occurred.

At noon, the owner of the land called the police. The authorities confiscated the pipes the defendants installed and the tools used in digging, and the company controlled the leak.

A number of village dwellers gathered to watch and shoot videos. However, some of them were trying to steal the leaked petrol. The identities of thieves could not be identified from the videos and photos circulated on social media.

Subsequently, Top Prosecutor Hamada al-Sawy referred 10 defendants in the case to the criminal court, after they admitted their crimes.]]>
3/26/2020 3:39:25 PM
<![CDATA[19 nurses in Egyptian hospitals test positive for coronavirus: official]]>
The hospitals include the Imbaba Fevers Hospital in Giza, Kawthar Mahmoud said, in an interview with Al-Tase’a on the state-run Al-Oula TV (Channel 1).

The 19 nurses are being monitored, she added.

The Ministry of Health announced Wednesday 54 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, bringing the total number of cases to 456.

The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, Minister of Health Hala Zayed said earlier in a press conference, along with Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal.

This is the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases in Egypt until now, according to the official tally, which took place in less than 24 hours.

Egypt's goal is to reduce the number of infections and control the spread of the virus, Zayed said, adding that the recent government decisions aimed at reducing the number of daily cases. She also warned that states would not be able to face coronavirus, despite their capabilities, in case of the outbreak.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.]]>
3/26/2020 1:50:30 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. envoy blames China for endangering world with coronavirus]]>
“First it tried to suppress the news,” Ambassador Woody Johnson wrote in an article for The Times newspaper published on Thursday, adding that Beijing had then selectively shared critical information while stonewalling international health authorities.

“Had China done the right things at the right time, more of its own population, and the rest of the world, might have been spared the most serious impact of this disease,” the ambassador wrote.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said Beijing should have acted faster to warn the world after the outbreak of the disease there. He also dismissed criticism that his labeling it as the “Chinese virus” was racist.

Last week, he brushed aside a reporter’s question as to whether it was potentially harmful to Asian-Americans to give the disease that name, as well for an unnamed White House official to have privately termed it the “kung flu”.

On Monday, the president said Asian-Americans were not responsible for spreading the disease and needed to be protected.

“When the crisis finally abates we should take stock of the outcome and evaluate the costs of this breakdown in international collaboration,” Ambassador Johnson wrote in The Times.]]>
3/26/2020 11:11:20 AM
<![CDATA[Interior minister warns of severe action against curfew violators]]>
The minister made the remarks on Wednesday during his field visits to follow up implementation of the deployment plans of the police personnel assigned to enforce the dusk-to-dawn curfew as part of the government precautionary plan to ensure citizens' safety and security.

Tawfik promised to take strict and decisive action against curfew violators or those who fail to take the state's decisions seriously.

However, the minister urged police forces to treat citizens well while enforcing the state's security measures, taking into account their humanitarian needs, especially those of elderly people and patients.

He noted that police authorities' success in their current mission is reliant on citizens' cooperation, underlining the urgent need for united efforts to overcome this crisis.]]>
3/26/2020 11:08:10 AM
<![CDATA[Trump declares state of emergency in New York, Texas, Florida]]>
He said the coming weeks will be hard for New York.

At a press conference late Wednesday, Trump said he would sign a $2 trillion legislative package to address the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic into law immediately after it is passed and encouraged lawmakers to bring it over the finish line, The New York Times reported.

US senators were set to vote on the package on Wednesday before sending it to the House of Representatives.

"I encourage the House to pass this vital legislation and send the bill to my desk for signature without delay. I will sign it immediately," Trump said. ]]>
3/26/2020 11:04:03 AM
<![CDATA[Awqaf min. hails ongoing efforts in face of COVID-19]]>
In statements on Thursday, he urged commitment to the state precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

He called on those working at the Awqaf Ministry to exert more efforts to provide an example for abiding by all state directives in the current crisis.

He wished God will save Egypt and the whole world from this crisis. ]]>
3/26/2020 11:02:08 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi hopes people abide by COVID-19 preventive measures]]>
"I am looking forward to the commitment of all people to these measures...to maintain the well-being and safety of Egypt and Egyptians," Sisi said on his official social media pages.

We can succeed in our mission via working together, he added.

In this regard, the president highlighted the role of women, families, the Armed Forces, the police in addition to the "heroes of the comprehensive healthcare system" nationwide in such conditions.



Sisi said he believes Egypt will pass this difficult stage, which he said "will become just a memory from the remote past"]]>
3/25/2020 11:05:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt reports 14 new coronavirus cases]]>
The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, Minister of Health Hala Zayed said earlier in a press conference, along with Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal.

This is the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases in Egypt until now, according to the official tally, which took place in less than 24 hours.

Egypt's goal is to reduce the number of infections and control the spread of the virus, Zayed said, adding that the recent government decisions aimed at reducing the number of daily cases. She also warned that states would not be able to face coronavirus, despite their capabilities, in case of the outbreak.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days.


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3/25/2020 10:06:39 PM
<![CDATA[Oman, Saudi Arabia to provide facilities to Egyptian nationals: diplomats]]>
Also, Foreign pilgrims of this Hijri year, whose visas were expired, would be allowed, until March 28th, to request exemption from any legal consequences, including relevant fines, said Yasser Hashem, Egyptian assistant foreign minister for consular affairs and Egyptian expats.

In Oman, Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed Ghoneim said final steps are now taken to coordinate with Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir and obtain the required permits and official approvals, to operate an exceptional flight to Cairo.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Ghoneim said the date of the flight and prices of tickets would be announced later, once procedures are finished.

However, the flight is expected to start from Muscat, the capital of Oman, at dawn, to arrive in Egypt by 7 a.m., Ghoneim noted, citing initial information.

Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed confirmed 40 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases between Tuesday 7 p.m. and Wednesday 2 p.m., bringing the total number of cases to 442.

The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, Zayed said in a press conference, along with Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal.

The results of a total of 113 cases so far have turned out to negative, Zayed said, including 93 persons who totally recovered.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.]]>
3/25/2020 7:27:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt denounces deadly attacks in Chad, Nigeria by Boko Haram]]>
Chad’s village of Boma, Lac province, was hit earlier this week by the country’s deadliest attack ever by the terrorist group of Boko Haram, killing 92 soldiers, according to President Idriss Deby, over the course of several hours.

In Chad’s neighbor, Nigeria, the same group has been responsible for killing at least 50 soldiers in an ambush in Yobe state, north of Nigeria.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statement expressed Egypt's sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the two attacks, and also wished speedy recovery for the injured citizens.

The ministry affirmed Egypt's support for the governments and peoples of the two African states, and called for the consolidation of joint efforts to face terrorism.

The Boko Haram group has been responsible, since it emerged in Nigeria in 2009, for killing over 30,000 people and forcing around 2 million people to leave their homes, according to Reuters. ]]>
3/25/2020 6:52:13 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus: Egypt announces 1 new death, 40 more cases]]>
The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, Zayed said in a press conference, along with Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal.

The results of a total of 113 cases so far have turned out to negative, Zayed said, including 93 persons who totally recovered.

This is one of, if not the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases in Egypt until now, according to the official tally, which took place in less than 24 hours.

Egypt's goal is to reduce the number of infections and control the spread of the virus, Zayed said, adding that the recent government decisions aimed at reducing the number of daily cases. She also warned that states would not be able to face coronavirus, despite their capabilities, in case of the outbreak.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days.


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3/25/2020 4:18:27 PM
<![CDATA[CPYP launches campaign to raise awareness against COVID-19]]>
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The CPYP began the campaign by producing a two-minute video on the pandemic and how to deal and fortify against it.

“Protect yourself, protect your country,” this is how the CPYP’s video started before highlighting “commitment” as the ultimate weapon against the outbreak of the virus.



The video stressed that although the new COVID-19 can be fatal, it is easy to defeat it through a number of precautions and practices, such as washing hands for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizers, staying home and avoid engaging with others if infected.

The Egyptian Health Ministry has stepped up precautionary measures in the affected governorates and intensified campaigns to spread awareness about infectious diseases.

The CPYP’s video further stresses on avoiding fake news and information as well as seeking accurate data regarding the virus and protection against it.

Speaker of the parliamentary body of the party, Engineer Musab Amin, has clarified that the campaign relies in the first place on promoting self-awareness and that it will keep highlighting information and fighting fake news and inaccurate data until the crisis is over.

Moreover, on Tuesday, the CPYP requested the approval of health and education ministries to launch the "White Coats" initiative with an aim to train 10,000 final-year medical and pharmacy students as auxiliary medical staff, with an aim to provide the necessary medical services during emergencies.

The auxiliary medical staff is intended to be a voluntary medical and health services provider with a mission to supply effectively and efficiently regular services to maintain the health and well-being of people in Egypt.

The ministry also raises its preparedness at all the country’s ports and airports to monitor the virus developments, receiving inquires from citizens about the virus through its hot-line 105 or 15335.
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3/25/2020 1:43:23 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus]]>
Charles, eldest son of Queen Elizabeth, is 71 years old.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus,” Clarence House said in a statement. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”

“The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus,” Clarence House said. The Prince and his wife, Camilla, are self-isolating at home in Scotland.

“It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”]]>
3/25/2020 1:07:08 PM
<![CDATA[Police widely deployed to enforce curfew, protect medical staff ]]>
In a Tuesday statement, the Interior Ministry said it has also arrested a number of people who spread false information on social media on the number of the infected and fake news that cast doubt on the government’s efforts in that regard.

The police also accompany medical convoys transferring coronavirus patients from their homes to hospitals rapidly, and secure quarantines. The police are also present at hospitals where patients may request a coronavirus test, to ensure medical staff are protected.

Officers have also been tasked with keeping some people who work in the tourism sector in their designated residence for a period determined by doctors.

More than 6,000 educational centers have been closed by the police in the country since the Ministry of Education suspended schools March 15.

The police will be widely deployed to make sure clubs, cafes, youth centers, shops and restaurants abide by the curfew and do not offer shisha, which helps spread viruses.

All facilities of the Interior Ministry are regularly disinfected to protect the public and the staff, and the campaign is also applied in prisons.

Meanwhile, the statement warned anyone who tries to use the crisis for their personal gains without considering the interests of citizens.

More Interior Ministry administrative services have also been made available online at moi.gov.eg.

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3/25/2020 11:39:01 AM
<![CDATA[Banks open for 4 hours due to curfew ]]>
The Central Bank of Egypt said in a Tuesday statement that the staff of the Bank sector will have shorter shifts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The curfew, which begins Wednesday, will be applied from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. in an effort to limit people’s movement and physical interaction amid the coronavirus pandemic. Essential services, such as pharmacies, are exempt from the curfew, which will last for two weeks.

A total of 38 banks work in Egypt, and more than 12,000 ATM machines are distributed in the country. ]]>
3/25/2020 11:36:47 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's embassy in Berlin calls on Egyptian citizens to register their data]]>
The Egyptian Embassy in Berlin confirmed in a press statement that the deadline for registering the personal data isMarch 27, after which the embassy will start to take the necessary steps.

The Embassy of Egypt in Khartoum also announced a decision to extend the period of opening the "Ashkit" border crossing with Sudan on March 24, for citizens and trucks to return to Egypt.

The embassy appeals to the Egyptian citizensin Sudan, who wish to return to the homeland, to use this last opportunity, as the crossing will be closed on March 25, within the framework of the measures taken by the two countries to protect their citizens from the spread of the new coronavirus.
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3/25/2020 11:35:27 AM
<![CDATA[Chinese Spox: Accusations over Hantavirus irresponsible]]>
In statements on Wednesday, the spokesman said Hantavirus was discovered by scientists in the early 1970's and was documented by the World Health Organization (WHO).

He made it clear that many cases of Hantavirus infections were detected in several world countries over the past decades and there are vaccines for such virus.

Jiao also termed such rumors as "provocative" as it could increase the panic among people at the time when all world countries are facing the dangerous impact of the spread of coronavirus.]]>
3/25/2020 11:30:10 AM
<![CDATA[PM underlines necessity of preserving lives of workers against coronavirus]]>
He underlined at a Cabinet meeting the necessity of maintaining the safety of these workers through applying the required preventive measures.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Housing Assem el Gazzar and Minister of Transport Kamel al Wazir.

Gazzar said that coordination is maintained between his ministry and the transport ministry and the Armed Forces Engineering Authority for preserving the lives of workers. ]]>
3/25/2020 11:13:43 AM
<![CDATA[CPYP launches "White Coat" initiative to support confronting COVID-19]]>
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A statement by the CPYP commended the strenuous efforts exerted by the Egyptian state and its authorities to fight the emerging Coronavirus. "Based on a full awareness of national responsibility, armed with an optimal understanding of taking decisions at their appropriate moments, and aiming to protect each citizen from that imminent danger."

The initiative seeks to train 10,000 final-year medical and pharmacy students as auxiliary medical staff, with an aim to provide the necessary medical services during emergencies.

The initiative comes coinciding with a COVID-19 outbreak, which necessitates the presence of a larger number of medical staff, to support the capacity of existing hospital staff.

The auxiliary medical staff is intended to be a voluntary medical and health services provider with a mission to supply effectively and efficiently regular services to maintain the health and well-being of people in Egypt.

"The Egyptian society, with its entities and individuals, realizes its national responsibility towards its beloved country, with unity and societal solidarity, so that we can all cross with our homeland past this global crisis with the lowest cost," the CPYP statement said.

Graduates of the initiative will be granted certificates of appreciation for volunteering to aid during times of crises.

The statement further emphasized the importance of community participation and the role of the youth in serving their country.
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3/25/2020 9:33:39 AM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry: 36 new COVID-19 cases detected, 80 recovered]]>
In a press conference, Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said that 12 coronavirus cases were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, as per WHO technical guidelines, taking the total number of recoveries to 80.

The recovered cases included three foreigners and nine Egyptians, he added.

Egypt recorded the 20th fatality today after a 54-year-old woman from Alexandria died from the virus, he noted.]]>
3/25/2020 8:56:19 AM
<![CDATA[Gunmen attack Sikh religious complex in Afghan capital]]>
Afghan security forces had blocked off the area and were taking on the attackers, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a message to journalists.

It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were or who they were. It was not known if there were any casualties.

Sikhs have been the target of attack by Islamist militants before in South Asia. A Taliban spokesman, in a message on Twitter, denied responsibility for the attack.

Narender Singh Khalsa, a member of parliament who represents the tiny Sikh community, said he had reports that four people had been killed and up to 200 people trapped inside the temple in the early morning attack.

"Three suicide bombers entered a dharamsala," he said, referring to a sanctuary area in a temple compound.

"The gunmen started their attack at a time when the dharamsala was full of worshippers," he said.

He said the Afghan security forces were clashing with the attackers.

The attack comes a day after the United States said it would cut its aid to the government by $1 billion over frustrations that feuding political leaders could not reach an agreement and form a team to negotiate with the Taliban.

The Interior Ministry spokesman said Afghan security forces had cleared one floor of the complex and were moving slowly to try and avoid civilian casualties.

Sikhs are a small religious minority in Afghanistan with numbers fewer than 300 families.

In 2018, a suicide bombing targeting the Sikh community and claimed by the Islamic State militant group killed more than a dozen people in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

The United States last month struck a deal with the Taliban on the withdrawal of U.S.-led international troops but the agreement does not include Islamic State militants.

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3/25/2020 7:55:24 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan's minister of defence dies of heart attack in south Sudan]]>
Omar was a member of the Sovereign Council that took power under a 39-month power-sharing deal with a civilian government after the toppling of former president Omar al-Bashir.
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3/25/2020 7:54:00 AM
<![CDATA[600 tons of sanitizers distributed in Dakahliya to face COVID 19]]>
This comes at the directives of Dakahliya Governor Ayman Mokhtar to combat COVID 19.

Deputy Governor Haitham el Sheikh said that distributing chlorine on the cities and neighborhoods of the governorate continues until this critical stage passes.

The sanitizing operations go on daily, Sheikh said, adding that there is a plan to sanitize all the streets, squares and governmental facilities.

Sheikh conducted a tour of Meit Khamis water station to purify drinking water. ]]>
3/24/2020 5:02:29 PM
<![CDATA[Details of ‘upgraded’ protective measures against coronavirus in Egypt]]>
In the first tweet, the president urged the government to take more measures for fighting coronavirus.

“In light of current following up efforts for fighting the coronavirus, I urged the government and executive departments to take all necessary measures for achieving the highest rates of safety of the Egyptians in a way that would not affect the public daily needs," the president stated.



The president also expressed confidence that the Egyptian people will respond to these measures positively to maintain their safety and the safety of the homeland.



In the second tweet, the president urged Egyptians to abide by the rules announced by the government saying they are aimed at “at limiting the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and reducing the infection rates. Therefore, I call upon all Egyptians to fully comply with these regulations. I also affirm that all of the country’s organizations and entities will confront any attempts to violate the newly announced rules.”



Sisi added, “I bet on the awareness of the great Egyptian people and their ability to overcome crises and challenges at various difficult times.”



Before declaring the following measures that will take effect on Wednesday for 15 days, the prime minister had instructed securing LE1 billion to the Ministry of Health and Population to face the pandemic.

First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.

Second, no public or private transportation will operate during the curfew. Vehicles transporting food are exempted from this rule.

Third, stores, shopping malls, and workshops offering goods and services will close from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. on weekdays, and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Exceptions are supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies and bakeries.

Fourth, cafes, casinos, night clubs, cinemas, theaters, and all entertainment venues will shut down.

Fifth, all restaurants and food outlets will close. Yet, they are only allowed to offer a delivery service off the curfew hours.

Sixth, all civil services are suspended. Those include the registry office, the civil registration office, traffic licenses, work permits and passports issuance.

Seventh, youth centers, sport and social clubs, and gymnastics centers will be closed.
Eight, class suspension in schools, universities, and colleges will be extended for two weeks starting March 29. Nurseries will be closed, and any student gatherings aimed at education will be cancelled.

Ninth, hospitals and medical centers will continue to provide treatment. Salaries and pensions will be made available at post offices at regular working hours.

Tenth, violations of such rules incur a prison sentence and a fine up to LE4,000 or either penalties.

The rules come upon the orders of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to upgrade the protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the safety of citizens.

“We have to take further protective measures against coronavirus pandemic...We aspire to not have to resort to the 3rd scenario by recording 1,000 infection cases or at least slow down the pace towards such scenario...All measures are ready but we’re cautious with the timing to not harm the living conditions of certain social segments or the economy,” the prime minister stated at the beginning of the conference.

After declaring the measures, the prime minister stressed, “I urge citizens to decrease their movement between governorates. Public Enterprise companies are also ordered to reduce the movement of employees between governorates.”

“While in any service venue, I urge citizens to leave a distance and to not crowd,” the prime minister added then addressed youth saying, “Youth have to understand that they may cause harm to the elderly in their family, if they don’t exercise caution.”

“I thank all medical workers for what they’re doing in this war, and advise citizens to be understanding in how they treat them,” Madbouly concluded.

On Monday, infection cases soared by 39 and five passed away. As such, the total numbers of infection cases and deaths have become 366 and 19, respectively. On the other hand, 96 patients tested negative, including 68 who left the quarantine hospital.
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3/24/2020 4:47:41 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi calls Egyptians to abide by state’s measures to confront COVID-19]]>
Sisi wrote on official social media platforms that the procedures announced by the government “are urgent measures aims at limiting the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and reducing the infection rates”. He added “Therefore, I call upon all Egyptians to fully comply with these procedures. I also affirm that all of the country’s organizations and entities will confront any attempts to violate the newly announced rules”.




Sisi added, “I bet on the awareness of the great Egyptian people and their ability to overcome crises and challenges at various difficult times.”

These statements come shortly after Prime minster Moustafa Madbouly announced number of new rules which aims at controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Egypt.

The newly announced rules include; nigh time curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., suspending the operation of all public or private transportation during the curfew and extending the suspension of schools and universities for another more fifteen days.

“We have to take further protective measures against coronavirus pandemic...We aspire to not have to resort to the 3rd scenario by recording 1,000 infection cases or at least slow down the pace towards such scenario...All measures are ready but we’re cautious with the timing to not harm the living conditions of certain social segments or the economy,” Prime Minister stated during the conference.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.





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3/24/2020 3:31:01 PM
<![CDATA[Aviation suspension extended for two weeks]]>
The minister added that journalists and media people are allowed to move during the curfew as long as they hold the press syndicate’s or the organization’s ID card.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days.

First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.

Second, no or private public transportation will operate during the curfew.

Third, all shops will close between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Exceptions are supermarkets, grocery shops and pharmacies.

Fourth, all restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues will shut down.

Fifth, all civil service departments will shut down except for those operating in the health sector.

Sixth, gymnastics centers and sports/social clubs will shut down.

Seventh, schools, universities, and colleges will be closed for additional two weeks as they have been shut since March 15.

The prime minister instructed securing LE1 billion for the Ministry of Health to face the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to take further protective measures against coronavirus pandemic...We aspire to not have to resort to the 3rd scenario by recording 1,000 infection cases or at least slow down the pace towards such scenario...All measures are ready but we’re cautious with the timing to not harm the living conditions of certain social segments or the economy,” the prime minister stated at the beginning of the conference.

After declaring the measures, the prime minister stressed, “I urge citizens to decrease their movement between governorates. Public Enterprise companies are also ordered to reduce the movement of employees between governorates.”

“While in any service venue, I urge citizens to leave a distance and to not crowd,” the prime minister added then addressed youth saying, “Youth have to understand that they may cause harm to the elderly in their family, if they don’t exercise caution.”

“I thank all medical workers for what they’re doing in this war, and advise citizens to be understanding in how they treat them,” Madbouly concluded.

On Monday, infection cases soared by 39 and five passed away. As such, the total numbers of infection cases and deaths have become 366 and 19, respectively. On the other hand, 96 patients tested negative, including 68 who left the quarantine hospital.
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3/24/2020 2:41:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday ]]>
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First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.

Second, no public or private transportation will operate during the curfew.

Third, all shops will close between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Exceptions are supermarkets, grocery shops and pharmacies.

Fourth, all restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues will shut down.

Fifth, all civil service departments will shut down except for those operating in the health sector.

Sixth, gymnastics centers and sports/social clubs will shut down.

Seventh, schools, universities, and colleges will be closed for additional two weeks as they have been shut since March 15.

The prime minister instructed securing LE1 billion for the Ministry of Health to face the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to take further protective measures against coronavirus pandemic...We aspire to not have to resort to the 3rd scenario by recording 1,000 infection cases or at least slow down the pace towards such scenario...All measures are ready but we’re cautious with the timing to not harm the living conditions of certain social segments or the economy,” the prime minister stated at the beginning of the conference.

After declaring the measures, the prime minister stressed, “I urge citizens to decrease their movement between governorates. Public Enterprise companies are also ordered to reduce the movement of employees between governorates.”

“While in any service venue, I urge citizens to leave a distance and to not crowd,” the prime minister added then addressed youth saying, “Youth have to understand that they may cause harm to the elderly in their family, if they don’t exercise caution.”

“I thank all medical workers for what they’re doing in this war, and advise citizens to be understanding in how they treat them,” Madbouly concluded.

On Monday, infection cases soared by 39 and five passed away. As such, the total numbers of infection cases and deaths have become 366 and 19, respectively. On the other hand, 96 patients tested negative, including 68 who left the quarantine hospital.

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3/24/2020 2:18:54 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi urges gov't to take more measures for fighting coronavirus]]>
In a post on his social media account, the president said that "in light of current following up efforts for fighting the coronavirus, I urged the government and executive departments to take all necessary measures for achieving the highest rates of safety of the Egyptians in a way that would not affect the public daily needs".

The president also expressed confidence that the Egyptian people will respond to these measures positively to maintain their safety and the safety of the homeland.

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3/24/2020 2:11:50 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo governor orders preventing gatherings in Attaba, Moski areas amid coronavirus fears]]>
During an inspection tour of the two overcrowded areas, Abdel Aal called on owners of shops to abide by the government's decision to close down from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

He also urged citizens to stay home during the closure period.

Earlier in the day, authorities removed street vendors in Attaba and El Moski areas as part of the government's efforts to reduce gatherings amid coronavirus fears. ]]>
3/24/2020 11:39:02 AM
<![CDATA[Italian ship crosses Suez Canal using remote guidance for 1st time ever]]>
COSTA DIADEMA transited the international waterway as part of the north-bound convoy after coming from the UAE en route to Italy.

Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Osama Rabei said the move was taken after 65 coronavirus cases were reported to have been on board the ship.

Three senior guides accompanied the vessel while crossing the canal, he added.]]>
3/24/2020 11:35:36 AM
<![CDATA[SCMR urges media institutions to abide by anti-coronavirus measures]]>
In a statement released on Monday, the council also called for eliminating any obstacles facing female employees on that score, especially those with children under 12 years old.

The council released its statement after receiving a number of complaints from some media workers regarding non-compliance with the state's medical and health requirements at their workplace.

SCMR officials will be assigned to carry out field visits to media institutions to ensure their conformity with these requirements, the council said, warning that no violations will be tolerated.]]>
3/24/2020 11:33:13 AM
<![CDATA[Education min.: New decisions by end of current week]]>
In a TV interview on MBC satellite channel on Monday, Shawqi said the ministry is mulling a number of solutions and verifying how far these solutions are legal before referring them to the president and cabinet for approval.

He called on parents to give a space to the ministry to take needed decisions for the best interests of students.

He reviewed the decisions taken over the past period, noting that the ministry seeks to avoid getting 1.8 million students to attend the exams at closed rooms.

He stressed that the state is seeking to find solutions which would serve students' interests.

As for international schools, he said the ministry held contacts with the international authorities in charge for the best interests of students.

He said the ministry's officials hold daily meetings to reach proper decisions as soon as possible. ]]>
3/24/2020 11:30:34 AM
<![CDATA[Thailand declares state of emergency due to coronavirus spread]]>
Post Today website quoted the PM as saying that a state of emergency will be declared nationwide after the spread of the endemic.

The state of emergency will last for one month.

It is worth mentioning that Victims of the virus in Thailand reached 827 cases with four deaths. ]]>
3/24/2020 11:17:59 AM
<![CDATA[Al Azhar fatwa center urges citizens to stay at home]]>
In a statement issued on Monday, the fatwa center highlighted the consequences of not abiding by the state instructions to halt the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.]]>
3/24/2020 11:07:56 AM
<![CDATA[Heikal: All options on table to avoid entering third stage of COVID-19]]>
All options are on the table in order to avoid entering the third stage, he said during a phone call with a TV program on Al Hadath satellite channel on Monday.

He said the state has a plan to deal with the second stage of the virus, noting that imposing a curfew is an option if the number of cases continues to rise.

He said there is a plan for each stage, noting that the state tries to remain in the second stage until a vaccine is discovered.

He noted that the first coronavirus case in Egypt was an American citizen of Taiwanese origins who caused the infection of 56 people.

He added that the death toll of coronavirus ranges between 2.5 to 3 percent like the rest of world countries.

He expounded that world countries made great sacrifices over the past period when they decided to suspend flights and isolate themselves to prevent the virus' spread.

Some countries were not expected to suffer from the virus outbreak, but conditions deteriorated in these countries and the cases reached about 700 daily.

The state is fighting something unknown and the Egyptians' stay at home for 14 days will help containing the virus, he said, noting that there is no cure for the coronavirus so far]]>
3/24/2020 11:05:28 AM
<![CDATA[Amb: Croatia supports Egypt in its fight against coronavirus]]>
Bosnjak said that the virus could be defeated through joint cooperation and concerted international efforts, expressed condolences to the families of the victims who died due to the virus.

The ambassador pointed out that the virus has affected activities at the global level, adding that cultural activities that were planned in Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor were postponed due to the virus.

Most of public services in Europe were cut down, he said, adding that many shops were shut down due to the virus.

He also added that his country is holding its meetings and conferences via video, saying Croatia will cancel all the major event if the situation continues to deteriorate.]]>
3/24/2020 11:02:12 AM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 cases in Egypt rise to 366; death toll goes up to 19]]>
Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed said that the number of deaths rose to 19 after five people, including four Egyptians and an Indian, died from the virus, noting that a total of recovered cases rose to 96 so far.



President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called on the Egyptians to abide by the government’s preventive and precautionary measures to curb the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-2019).

On his official Twitter account, President Sisi said that he is closely following up the state’s efforts to combat the spread of the virus, saying “As I pledged yesterday, we are precisely continuing our procedures to combat this pandemic in order to preserve the health and the life of every Egyptian citizen.”

The Egyptian government is taking gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to the end of March. All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation as of Thursday until March 31.

Meanwhile, all mosques and Islamic places of worship across Egypt were closed for two weeks starting from March 21, 2020, to curb the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), announced the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf [Endowment] on Saturday.

As yet the global infected cases of the virus reached 373,647 people and 12,319 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 101,399. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

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3/23/2020 10:13:27 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi phones China’s Xi Jinping for cooperation on combating COVID-19]]>
President Sisi praised the remarkable success achieved by China in containing the virus, expressing Egypt’s aspiration to enhance cooperation and coordination between the health institutions of the two countries to benefit from the anti-coronavirus mechanisms, Radi said.

The Chinese President voiced China’s gratitude for Egypt's rapid support to Beijing in the crisis of Coronavirus pandemic, stressing China’s full readiness to present its assistance to Egypt in fighting the spread of the Coronavirus.

President Sisi called on the Egyptians to abide by the government’s preventive and precautionary measures to curb the outbreak of the virus.

On his official Twitter account, President Sisi said that he is closely following up the state’s efforts to combat the spread of the virus, saying “As I pledged yesterday, we are precisely continuing our procedures to combat this pandemic in order to preserve the health and the life of every Egyptian citizen.”

“I call upon all [Egyptians] to fully abide by these measures to keep Egypt in peace and security... I pray to Allah Almighty to grant us success in what we do to serve our dear country, Egypt,” Sisi said.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health called on the Egyptians to stay at homes unless necessary to avoid the spread of the pandemic, after the number of infected people rose to 327 cases, including 14 deaths so far.

The Egyptian government is taking gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to the end of March. All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation as of Thursday until March 31.

Meanwhile, all mosques and Islamic places of worship across Egypt were closed for two weeks starting from March 21, 2020, to curb the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), announced the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf [Endowment] on Saturday.

As yet the global infected cases of the virus reached 358,804 people and 15,433 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 100,645. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.


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3/23/2020 9:05:41 PM
<![CDATA[Two high rank military officials die of COVID-19 in Egypt]]>
Both of Major General Shafie Abdel Halim Dawood and Major General Khaled Shaltout were announced to be infected with the emerging virus during their participation in the precautionary measures to combat the virus.

Egypt’s Armed forces offered its condolences over both officials’ death.

Health ministry’s spokesman, Khaled Megahed, said on Sunday that Egypt recorded new 33 case for coronavirus. "New 33 coronavirus cases were detected on Sunday. All of these new cases are Egyptians who came in contact with other positive cases,"

The new announcement raises the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Egypt to 327. “All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals,” Megahed said. Also, four more deaths were confirmed, raising the total number of deaths to 14.

The new fatalities were a 51-year-old Egyptian woman, an 80-year-old man, a 73-year-old man, and a 56-year-old man. "Up to 56 coronavirus patients have totally recovered so far," the spokesman said.

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3/23/2020 7:16:59 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi calls on Egyptians to abide by precautionary rules against coronavirus outbreak]]>
On his official Twitter account, President Sisi said that he is closely following up the state’s efforts to combat the spread of the virus, saying “As I pledged yesterday, we are precisely continuing our procedures to combat this pandemic in order to preserve the health and the life of every Egyptian citizen.”

“I call upon all [Egyptians] to fully abide by these measures to keep Egypt in peace and security... I pray to Allah Almighty to grant us success in what we do to serve our dear country, Egypt,” Sisi said.



The Egyptian Ministry of Health called on the Egyptians to stay at homes unless necessary to avoid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after the number of infected people rose to 327 cases, including 14 deaths so far.

The ministry sent SMSs to the citizens to avoid visits, gatherings, to wash hands constantly with soap and water, and to disinfect the surfaces of their furniture.

It is necessary to avoid smoking as the virus poses risks to the smokers, the ministry said, asking the people to have healthy food.

It is recommended that the elderly people and adults should exercise daily for 30 minutes, while the children should exercise for one hour, the statement said.

The Egyptian government is taking gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to the end of March. All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation as of Thursday until March 31.

Meanwhile, all mosques and Islamic places of worship across Egypt were closed for two weeks starting from March 21, 2020, to curb the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), announced the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf [Endowment] on Saturday.

As yet the global infected cases of the virus reached 358,804 people and 15,433 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 100,645. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
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3/23/2020 6:07:37 PM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry sets new definition for Covid-19 suspects ]]>
According to the new definition, the first case is that a person is suspected to be infected with COVID-19 if they had any of the elements of the epidemiological history with the clinical symptoms. The second case is if a person had the three clinical symptoms altogether.

The ministry explained that epidemiological history's elements include:

1- If the patient had traveled or resided in any community or country where confirmed Covid-19 cases existed, within 14 days before symptoms appear.

2- If the patient contacted positive Covid-19 cases within 14 days before symptoms appear.

3- If the patient contacted patients with fever or respiratory problems from communities or countries with confirmed Covid-19 cases during 14 days before symptoms appear.

The Health Ministry announced Sunday the detection of 33 new coronavirus cases. "All the new cases are Egyptians, who were in contact with other positive cases," Khaled Megahed, the ministry’s spokesman, stated.

The ministry added that the total number of confirmed cases is 327. "All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals," he said.

Four more deaths were confirmed, raising the total number to 14.

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3/23/2020 5:26:27 PM
<![CDATA[WHO nominates Sisi, other leaders to take ‘Safe Hands’ challenge]]>
This new video Safe Hands Challenge was started by WHO on social media to encourage people to keep their hands clean, amid the global coronavirus crisis.

The novel virus has so far infected over 353,000 cases and killed over 15,000, according to media reports.

Ghebreyesus has also nominated Pope Francis, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari and Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley, as well as many other leaders.

Earlier, he nominated Hala Zayed, the Egyptian Minister of Health, as well as health ministers of many states to take the challenge.

WHO asked many public figures to take the challenge including American actor Leonardo DiCaprio and environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Many others participated in the challenge including American singer Selena Gomez and Indian actress Anushka Sharma.

Sisi gave his first official comments on coronavirus crisis on Sunday since it started in Egypt, calling on citizens to show “further discipline” and to comply by health instructions while dealing with the issue. Egypt has so far reported 327 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths.

In a meeting with a number of Egyptian women as Egypt celebrates its own Women’s Day, as well as some of the ministers including Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Sisi asked citizens to stick to instructions and stay at home for two weeks, to overcome the current health crisis and help limit infection.

The president ordered the Ministry of State for Information to raise awareness among people about the coronavirus, including medical instructions.

Sisi reveals details of economic plan in face of coronavirus crisis

CAIRO – 22 March 2020: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday announced in full the country’s economic plan, in face of the novel coronavirus, as he read out loud a number of economic decisions, while marking the national Women’s Day.


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3/23/2020 5:20:57 PM
<![CDATA[Long Live Egypt Fund provides 200 respirators to combat Covid-19 ]]>
The fund has allocated the hotline 15118 to receive donations to help in combating coronavirus.

Mokhtar called on all Egyptians to stand together and unite efforts to fulfill their societal role in fighting the virus, adding that the fund is communicating with civil society organizations in this regard.

The Health Ministry announced Sunday the detection of 33 new coronavirus cases. "All of the new cases are Egyptians, who were in contact with other positive cases," Khaled Megahed, the ministry’s spokesman, stated.

The ministry added that the total number of confirmed cases is 327. "All the positive cases were quarantined at hospitals," he said.

Four more deaths were confirmed, raising the total number to 14.]]>
3/23/2020 5:14:29 PM
<![CDATA[6 flights to turn Egyptians from Kuwait ]]>
Egypt's Ambassador to Kuwait Tarek Al Qoni said on Monday that the Egyptians, who submitted applications to the consulate to return their country, included visa holders, those who ended their residency and the urgent humanitarian cases.

The ambassador called on Egyptians who will be contacted by the consulate, to head for the nearest EgyptAir agent to get their tickets.]]>
3/23/2020 4:37:23 PM
<![CDATA[Interior ministry denies reports on imposing curfew]]>
The ministry's media center official said that legal action will be taken against the online pages, which carried such baseless news.

The official said that the ministry's only page on Facebook is www.facebook.com/moiegy.

He warned that such reports seek to create confusion in the Egyptian society. ]]>
3/23/2020 4:30:37 PM
<![CDATA[Mahalla workers given break until March 31 over coronavirus ]]>
The workers of Misr Company for Spinning and Weaving and Nasr Company for Spinning and Weaving are among 209,000 working in public enterprise companies across the country.

Minister of Public Enterprise HishamTawfik stated that protective measures have been taken since last week upon the directives of the Cabinet. Mothers were given a break, and the number of employees in administrative departments has been reduced in the 119 companies run by the ministry.

As for the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the sector, the minister stated that hotels owned by the Holding Company for Tourism and Hotels are achieving less revenues by 40-50 percent compared to March 2019. He added that factories have a stock that can be distributed, and speculated that trade companies may be hit.

The Ministry of Health and Population declared on Sunday that coronavirus deaths rose by four, raising the total number of deaths to 14, and that infection cases hiked by 33 to be 327. The number of patients who recovered and left the quarantine hospital increased to become 56, while that of patients whose test results turned negative but still in quarantine are 74. ]]>
3/23/2020 3:55:42 PM
<![CDATA[Supply Ministry offers alcohol-intensive sanitizers, eau de cologne ]]>
The product will soon be offered in supermarkets affiliated with the ministry, where citizens holding ration cards shop. Also, the ministry is offering 555 eau de cologne at LE36 for 250-milliliter bottles, and will soon make available 125-milliliter bottles.

Minister of Supply Ali al-Moselhy told the press that all control agencies are monitoring markets to ensure the absence of hoarding and price manipulation, and to check the expiry dates of products displayed. The goods monitored are primarily food and detergents.

The minister affirmed that violations proven by investigations will be penalized by confiscation of the products, license revocation, and referral to the Supreme State Security Prosecution. Moselhy urged manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to abide by laws regulating internal trade, and to not exploit the coronavirus crisis.

The Ministry of Health and Population declared on Sunday that coronavirus deaths rose by four, raising the total number to 14, and that the confirmed positive cases hiked by 33 to be 327. The number of patients who recovered and left the quarantine hospital increased to become 56, while that of patients whose test results turned negative but still in quarantine are 74.
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3/23/2020 3:50:54 PM
<![CDATA[Violating farmers to pay fines in installments over 2 years]]>
They also signed an agreement to regulate the cultivation of bananas within a strategy to manage water intensive crops. That came in a meeting held on Monday to discuss national plans and ongoing projects.

The ministers reviewed the status of lands lacking irrigation water, and infrastructure projects.

The ministers conferred over the introduction of modern irrigation systems in light of the water-related challenges Egypt is facing.

The ministers examined possible incentives to encourage farmers to switch to modern irrigation methods,such as sprinklers, as well asdripping and subsurface irrigation,andto resort to cultivating crops that consume less water. Modern irrigation is being introduced in all newly reclaimed lands, and will be generalized all over the country according to a timeline that is being set.

In 2018, the government drafted a law making the installationof modern irrigation systems all over the country the responsibility of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water resources. The draft law provided that a payment plan would be set for land owners to reimburse the costs

Amendments to agricultural land maintenance law drafted

CAIRO - 8 December 2018: The government submitted to the House of Representatives amendments to law no. 38/1976 on agricultural land maintenance including articles 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. The goal of the amendments is rendering the development of field irrigation systems the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.




The ministers displayed the progress achieved in certain projects. A case in point is Marashda Canal, which is being filled with water. The next step will be installing lines for farmers to cultivate 12,500 feddans.

The digging of the Marashda Canal started in 2000 in Qena governorate to irrigate 30,000 feddans. The canal stretches for 26 feddans, and entered service in 2007 for just three days because of a technical mistake that caused the pumping system to fail.

In 2017, the canal, worth LE2 billion, became part of the 1.5 million-feddanproject launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Both ministers agreed on partially cleaning Kafr El Sheikh’s Khashaa agricultural wastewater canal.
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3/23/2020 3:46:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to witness dust storm, rise in temperature Monday ]]>
Meteorological experts expected Monday will witness a remarkable increase in temperature by 8 degrees, where a moderate weather is expected in Greater Cairo during the day, while temperatures will be low at night.

The official forecast authority expected a moderate weather Tuesday, with Cairo recording highs of 26 °C and lows of 16°C. The authority denied reports on Egypt witnessing heavy rains in the coming days.

The General Traffic Department called on citizens to abide by a set of general guidelines and instructions while driving on highways due to the bad weather.


Temperature degrees on Monday as expected:

Cairo records highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C
Alexandria records highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C
Matrouh records highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C
Sohag records highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C
Qena records highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C
Aswan records highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C
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3/23/2020 3:31:25 PM
<![CDATA[Man arrested for withholding over 26 tons of foodstuffs from market]]>
The move comes in light of the state's efforts to
combat monopoly practices aimed at capitalizing on the circumstances the country is going through by making profits from price increase.

The seized commodities included quantities of pasta, rice and flour unfit for human consumption.]]>
3/23/2020 3:28:30 PM
<![CDATA[Awqaf min. allocates EGP50 mln to help people suffering from anti-COVID-19 measures]]>
In a statement, Gomaa said the move comes within a framework of the Awqaf Ministry's social role and its keenness to serve the most-needy families, especially in times of crises. ]]>
3/23/2020 3:26:42 PM
<![CDATA[2nd Egyptian expat in Italy dies of Covid-19]]>
Head of the Italian-Egyptian association Mohamed al- Abd added that the expat was 51 years old, and that he got infected from his direct superior at work.

Abd further explained that the Egyptian expat was hospitalized and quarantined; however, his family members tested positive for the virus. He died two days after he arrived at the hospital.

On March 18, the first Egyptian expat in Bergamo, Italy was announced dead.

“All procedures will be done according to the Italian law and regulations, which means no goodbyes from friends or relatives and no Ghusl (full-body purification with water according to Islamic laws) will be taking place,” Abd wrote on Facebook.

All social gatherings, shows at cinemas and theaters were suspended in Egypt amid fears of spread of the emerging coronavirus. As of March 19, all aviation movement was suspended as well.

Schools and universities across the country were suspended for two weeks as of March 15, according to President Abdel Fatah al Sisi's directions and as part of the country's comprehensive strategy to combat coronavirus.

Sisi allocated L.E. 100 billion to fund the anti-Coronavirus strategy and its related precautionary measures.

"An EgyptAir flight carrying medical supplies has landed in the Italian Malpensa Airport, Sunday, to provide the Italian authority medical aid to fight the spread of coronavirus pandemic," the Egyptian national newspaper al-Akhbar reported.

"The medical aid includes more than 1 million medical face masks that will be sent to Lombardy region, which has been locked down since March 8, 2020, in northern Italy," sources at the Cairo International Airport told the newspaper.
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3/23/2020 2:06:56 PM
<![CDATA[Operations in Shorouk Hospital halted after staff member tests positive for COVID-19]]>
The hospital announced in a statement that the procedure is temporary and precautionary.

The ministry’s spokesman, Khaled Megahed, said in statements to Sada al-Balad channel that precautionary measures taken by the government will contribute to reducing the number of COVID-19 cases on the long run.

He added that Egypt didn’t reach the third stage of the virus spread.

"New 33 coronavirus cases were detected on Sunday. All of these new cases are Egyptians who came in contact with other positive cases," according to Megahed.

The new announcement raises the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Egypt to 327. “All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals,” Megahed said. Also, four more deaths were confirmed, raising the total number of deaths to 14.

The new fatalities were a 51-year-old Egyptian woman, an 80-year-old man, a 73-year-old man, and a 56-year-old man.

"Up to 56 coronavirus patients have totally recovered so far," the spokesman said.

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3/23/2020 2:03:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian MP donates to daily workers affected by coronavirus crisis]]>
In an interview with Wael Al-Ebrashi on the state-run Al-Oula (Channel 1), MP Mostafa Salem urged other Parliament members to donate to daily workers, who were forced, due to the crisis, to stay at home.

Separately, Farag Amer, the president of Egyptian Smouha Sporting Club, announced establishing a voluntary fund to finance workers affected by the suspension of football activities. He also said he would contribute in order for their salaries to be paid on time.

Earlier in March, the government ordered shutting all sporting clubs from 19:00 to 6:00, until March 31st, as part of national efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Egyptian Football Association (EFA) had also announced that all football-related activities will be suspended for two weeks.

Coronavirus outbreak has had a huge effect on football as many football competitions worldwide has been halted completely due to the coronavirus.

The Health Ministry on Sunday announced 33 new coronavirus cases, all of them are Egyptians, who were in contact with other positive cases, according to Khaled Megahed, the ministry’s spokesman.

The ministry added that the total number of confirmed cases is 327, all positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, he said.

Four more deaths were confirmed; raising the total number to 14.

The new fatalities were a 51-year-old Egyptian woman, an 80-year-old man, a 73-year-old man, and a 56-year-old man.

"Up to 56 coronavirus patients have totally recovered so far," the spokesman said.]]>
3/23/2020 2:02:48 PM
<![CDATA[Syria confirms first coronavirus case as fears grow it could spread]]>
Health Minister Nizar al-Yaziji told state media “necessary measures” had been taken regarding the 20-year-old woman, who he said would be quarantined for 14 days and given medical checks.

There have been unconfirmed reports in recent weeks of coronavirus cases in Syria, whose health system, housing and infrastructure have been ravaged by nine years of civil war, but the authorities have denied any outbreak or cover-up.

The virus has been spreading in neighbouring countries .

U.N. officials and humanitarian workers fear a major outbreak in Syria could be particularly catastrophic.

Damascus announced a ban on public transport on Sunday as it stepped up a lockdown introduced in recent days, including the closure of schools, parks, restaurants and various public institutions, as well as calling off army conscription.

President Bashar al Assad issued a prisoner amnesty on Sunday, according to state media, which said it was a move to relieve congestion that risked the spread of the virus.

In an unprecedented move, bakeries across the country would no longer open for citizens and bread would be delivered by distributors to homes to prevent mingling by customers during hours waiting in long queues, state media said.

Medics say the country is also vulnerable with thousands of Iranian-backed militias fighting alongside Assad’s forces, who maintain a strong presence in Syria’s big cities and have their headquarters in the Damascus Shi’ite suburb of Sayeda Zainab.

Thousands of Shi’ite pilgrims from Iran also visit Damascus.

Iran, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic outside China, is Syria’s main regional ally and operates military and civilian flights that bring the militia fighters into the country.

Iran’s Mahan Air still has regular flights from Tehran to Damascus, according to Western diplomats tracking Syria, even though other Syrian flights have been suspended.

Iranian-backed militias also still enter Syria using the AlBukamal border crossing with Iraq, where the virus is spreading, according to local residents and Western intelligence sources.

The army’s general command announced on Saturday it had raised the level of preparedness in military hospitals and gave orders to minimise gatherings, including military sports activities or any that take place in closed areas.

“We have taken a number of steps ... to protect our sons in their residences in military units and formations and order the use of gloves and masks,” an army statement said.

Military defectors say a number of senior officers had taken leave and in some units commanders have given orders to avoid mingling with Iranian-backed militias seen as higher risk of spreading the virus.

Medics in the opposition-held northwest also fear the coronavirus could spread quickly in crowded camps for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians who fled months of relentless Russian-backed bombing of rebel held areas.

U.S.-backed Kurdish led forces in northwestern Syria and Turkey-backed opposition groups also closed crossings for fear the infection could come from government-held areas.]]>
3/23/2020 10:52:15 AM
<![CDATA[China sees drop in new coronavirus cases; all new cases imported]]>
China had 39 new confirmed cases on Sunday, the National Health Commission said, down from 46 a day earlier. All of them involved travellers arriving from abroad, many of whom are Chinese students returning home.

The city of Beijing expanded measures to contain imported infections, diverting all international flights arriving from Monday to other airports in other cities, including Shanghai and as far west as Xian, where passengers will undergo virus screening.

Beijing reported 10 new imported cases, the National Health Commission said on Monday, down from 13 a day earlier. Infections from abroad in the city hit an all-time high of 21 on March 18.


Shanghai and Guangzhou have also said all arriving international passengers will undergo tests to screen for the coronavirus, expanding a programme that previously only applied to those coming from heavily-affected countries.

Shanghai reported 10 new cases on Sunday, down from a record 14 a day earlier.

Guangdong province saw seven new imported infections, Fujian had four and Jiangsu had two. Hebei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Shandong and Sichuan each saw just one case, bringing the total imported cases in China to 314 so far.

Mainland China saw no new locally transmitted infections.

In Wuhan, capital of central Hubei province, authorities have eased tough lockdown measures as the epicentre of the outbreak in China saw no new infection for the fifth day.

Downtown Wuhan remains the only high-risk area in the province, with other cities and counties in Hubei are now classifed as low-risk.

Wuhan went into a virtual lockdown on Jan. 23 to contain the spread of the virus to the rest of China.

According to authorities on Sunday, people can enter the city if they are certified healthy and have no fever.

Hubei residents who are in Wuhan can apply to leave the city, but they have to go through a test for the virus and if are certified healthy.

There is still no indication that Wuhan residents can leave the city for non-essential reasons.

As of Sunday, the total accumulated number of confirmed cases in mainland China stood at 81,093.

The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China reached 3,270, up by nine from the previous day.]]>
3/23/2020 10:47:55 AM
<![CDATA[Germany reports 22,672 coronavirus cases, 86 deaths]]>
That compares with 18,610 cases and 55 deaths on Sunday, when RKI warned that the actual number was likely higher as not all local health authorities had submitted their figures over the weekend.]]>
3/23/2020 10:40:10 AM
<![CDATA[Russian plane with specialists, equipment arrives in Italy to help fight COVID19 - military]]>
"The second Il-76 military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces with a group of Russian military specialists and equipment for diagnostics and disinfecting measures arrived at the Pratica di Mare Air Base in Italy," the ministry said.

On Sunday evening, the Russian Embassy in Rome announced that the first Russian plane with specialists and equipment had landed at the Pratica di Mare air base. Later on Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed this information.

According to the ministry, Russian specialists will start providing help to Italy in the fight against COVID-19 after coordinating the specific regions that need the assistance.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio met the Russian military specialists and virologists who arrived at the Pratica di Mare air base on Sunday night.

"On behalf of the government, I want to thank you and your people for the help that you brought to us. We will always be grateful to Russia for the solidarity and friendship that you have shown.

I hope that you will be able to join our medics as soon as possible. I would shake your hand, but I can't, so I'll put it to my heart," Italy's foreign minister said. The ceremony of welcoming the Russian specialists in Italy was broadcast on the Di Maio Facebook page.

On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte discussed the COVID-19 pandemic during phone talks. Putin confirmed Russia's readiness to provide prompt assistance to Italy in the fight against the COVID-19 disease.

Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini has thanked his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu for the help that Russia has provided Italy in the fight against the coronavirus.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that Russia was going to send medical virologists, doctors, medical equipment and vehicles for aerosol disinfection to Italy to assist it in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to the Johns Hopkins University count, there are currently over 59,000 coronavirus cases registered in Italy and more than 5,400 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in that country.]]>
3/23/2020 10:35:34 AM
<![CDATA[UAE government to close shopping centres for two renewable weeks]]>
In a statement on Monday, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority said the decision will take effect after 48 hours, and will be subject to review and re-assessment.

The decision excludes pharmacies, and food retail outlets, including cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets, along with fish, meat and vegetables markets dealing with wholesalers.

Under the decision, restaurants will not be allowed to receive customers. Instead, their services will be limited to home deliveries only.]]>
3/23/2020 10:28:50 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt reports 33 new coronavirus cases, 4 deaths]]>
The ministry added that the total number of confirmed cases is 327, all positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, he said.

Four more deaths were confirmed; raising the total number to 14.

The new fatalities were a 51-year-old Egyptian woman, an 80-year-old man, a 73-year-old man, and a 56-year-old man.

"Up to 56 coronavirus patients have totally recovered so far," the spokesman said.

Seven foreigners and eight Egyptians were among the recovered patients today, he added.

Also, the number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and had received negative results has reached 74, after getting excellent treatment in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry has stepped up precautionary measures in the affected governorates and intensified campaigns to spread awareness about infectious diseases.

The ministry raises its preparedness at all the country’s ports and airports to monitor the virus developments, receiving inquires from citizens about the virus through its hotline 105 or 15335]]>
3/23/2020 10:22:46 AM
<![CDATA[Minister reveals accomplishment rates of New Capital train]]>
The minister checked Adly Mansour exchange station, the other stations of the project and the train bridge. The accomplishment rates are 22.4 percent for civil works, 24.6 percent for bridges construction, 62.8 percent for tunnels digging, 13.9 percent for crossing bridges, and 11.1 percent for the maintenance workshop dedicated to the electric train.

A consortium of Egyptian companies is executing the project, while the engines and railcars will be supplied by international companies. The line extends over 70 kilometers passing through 12 stations and two tunnels, and crossing six bridges. Four overbridges are constructed for cars above the railway.

An extension will be added southern NAC until the prospective International Sports City, as three stations will be established along the distance.

The line will start from Adly Mansour Station at Salam City that is reached by the third metro line, and will be divided into two branches at Robeiky. One will head north in parallel to the Regional Ring Road to the 10th of Ramadan City and the other will head South to the New Administrative Capital. The cities to be reached by the train are Al Salam, Obour, Shorouk, Mostaqbal, Robeiky, and NAC.
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3/22/2020 6:56:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian doctors in Kuwait launch initiative to answer COVID-19 patients on whatsapp]]>
In a statement posted on Facebook, the doctors said that they will answer any queries by the patients about the virus and symptoms of infection round the clock without prescribing any medication. The doctors are required to first identify themselves and mention their specialization and then answer the patients' questions.

They also pressed the need for not setting any dates for the patients to visit governmental or private clinics, adding that patients who need extra medical care should head for the emergency of any nearby hospital.

Meanwhile, patients are also allowed to post their questions directly on the Facebook group and doctors will rapidly respond to them.]]>
3/22/2020 6:46:06 PM
<![CDATA[Iran's death toll from coronavirus reaches 1,685]]>
The total number of infected people in Iran reached 21,638.

"There were 1,028 new confirmed infected cases in the past 24 hours... and 7,913 people have recovered," said Kianush Jahanpur.]]>
3/22/2020 6:42:30 PM
<![CDATA[Aviation Ministry continues sanitizing airports]]>
The campaign involved the gates of the airport, arrival and departure halls, counters, trucks, floors, toilets and waiting lounges.

The campaign, carried out as part of stepped up anti-coronavirus measures, is set to continue on daily basis. ]]>
3/22/2020 6:38:15 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi holds meetings on social safety network reinforcement]]>
The president met with Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) TarekAmerto highlighting the necessity to secure financial resources needed to fund the social safety network.

In a meeting with the prime minister, and the ministers of finance and social solidarity, President Sisi instructed supporting all social segments, particularly irregular labor and low-income citizens.

The meeting tackled means to obtain financial resources required by governmental agencies to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

On Saturday, the number of coronavirus cases increased by nine to become 294, while the number of patients who recovered and left the quarantine hospital recorded 41. Two Egyptian patients passed away for the total figure of deaths to be 10. Those are a 68-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man. Both of them are from Giza governorate.
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3/22/2020 6:33:38 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Youth in Egyptian cities launch sterilization campaigns in streets]]>
In Hurghada, one of the major tourist destinations in the eastern Red Sea governorate, the youth launched a campaign to place sanitizers in streets in order for citizens to sterilize the automated teller machines (ATMs) and door knobs, Ahmed Sayed, one of the participants in the initiative, told Egypt Today.

He added that they urged the youth to take part in the efforts to curb coronavirus spread, along with the government, affirming that many people have already participated in the initiative.

In the city of Ras Gharib, Amr Hammadi, one of the participants, said an initiative launched by a group of youths has provided digital devices to monitor the temperature of citizens on the streets and public transportation. They also provided hygiene tools as well as gloves and masks.

In Minya governorate, in Upper Egypt, a group of youth volunteered to clean and sterilize mosques, churches and government departments at their personal expense. They also educated citizens to take preventive measures to preserve their own health and the safety of their children.

This comes while all mosques and Islamic places of worship across Egypt were closed for two weeks starting from March 21st, to curb the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), announced the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf [Endowment] on Saturday.

Nine new coronavirus cases were detected on Saturday, all of them are Egyptians, who were in contact with positive cases, the Health Ministry said.

Two more deaths were confirmed; raising the total number to 10.

The new fatalities were a 68-year-old Egyptian woman and a 75-year-old man. Both of them are from Giza governorate.

Up to 41 coronavirus patients have totally recovered so far, the ministry spokesman said.

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3/22/2020 6:30:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt: All support needed offered to expat community in Algeria amid COVID 19 outbreak]]>
While delivering a speech to the Egyptian community in the North African Arab country, the ambassador urged all Egyptian expats to abide by the instructions and decisions issued by the Algerian authorities to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The ambassador expressed the willingness of the diplomatic mission to communicate with the Egyptian expats and provide answers for their questions around the clock.

The ambassador, meanwhile, highlighted the measures adopted by the Egyptian government to deal with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.]]>
3/22/2020 6:30:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt sends Italy medical aid to fight Covid-19 outbreak]]>
The medical aid includes more than one million medical face masks and will be sent to Lombardy region, which has been locked down since March 8, 2020, in northern Italy, sources at the Cairo International Airport told the newspaper.

Due to a shortage in the medical supply and equipment in Italy, Doctors Without Borders organization announced that 1,700 medical care workers have been infected with the virus in Italy so far. One of the Italian doctors, who warned against the medical supply shortage such as gloves and face masks, died from the virus on Wednesday.

Italy has recorded more than 53,500 infected cases of coronavirus and 4,825 deaths as of Sunday.

As yet the global infected cases of the virus reached 314,116 people and 13,557 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 95,874. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

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3/22/2020 6:13:26 PM
<![CDATA[Two arrested for spreading rumors on coronavirus cases in Egypt]]>
All legal procedures against the two were taken, the source added. ]]>
3/22/2020 6:06:45 PM
<![CDATA[Migration min. denies arrival of boat carrying coronavirus infected Egyptians from Italy]]>
The minister contacted Kafr el Sheikh Governor Gamal Noor el Din who refuted the news and described it as groundless. He also added that the security bodies haven't reported any boats coming from Italy towards Kafr el Sheikh coasts throughout the past period.

Meanwhile, Makram advised social media users to contact the bodies concerned to verify the credibility of any news they read on the internet.]]>
3/22/2020 5:43:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Council of Churches praises state's efforts to confront coronavirus]]>
In a statement released on Sunday, the council expressed its support of all decisions made by the heads of Egypt’s main Christian denominations to deal with the epidemic.

The council called on local churches to educate their religious communities about the dangers of this virus and hold joint prayers on Tuesday from 6 pm till 8 pm.

It also urged all churches to provide support and help for those affected by the outbreak of this pandemic.

The Council of Churches of Egypt is formed by the main five Egyptian churches representing the different Christian denominations (the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Evangelical Church, the Episcopal Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Coptic Catholic Church).]]>
3/22/2020 5:39:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt announces 9 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths; 41 recovered so far]]>
This upped the total number of confirmed cases to 294, Khaled Megahed, the ministry’s spokesman said in a statement.

All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals and they are all stable, he added.

Two more deaths were confirmed; raising the total number to 10.

The new fatalities were a 68-year-old Egyptian woman and a 75-year-old man. Both of them are from Giza governorate.

Up to 41 coronavirus patients have totally recovered so far, the spokesman said.

Also, the number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and had received negative results has reached 73.

The ministry has stepped up precautionary measures in the affected governorates and intensified campaigns to spread awareness about infectious diseases.

Megahed stressed that the ministry announced all positive and suspected cases nationwide.

The ministry raises its preparedness at all the country’s ports and airports to monitor the virus developments, receiving inquires from citizens about the virus through its hotline 105 or 15335.]]>
3/22/2020 1:58:16 AM
<![CDATA[Interior ministry closes cafes amid coronavirus fears]]>
In a press statement, the ministry said it will continue its security campaigns nationwide to take legal action against violators in order to contain the virus outbreak.]]>
3/21/2020 5:01:21 PM
<![CDATA[Intsar El Sisi lauds efforts of Egyptian mothers]]>
In a tweet, the first lady greeted all mothers on the occasion of Mothers' Day. ]]>
3/21/2020 4:26:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s railway authority calls on people to stay at home]]>
In an interview with Good Morning Egypt talk show on the state-owned T.V., he said that decreasing the number of commuters or reducing the number of trains will not solve the crisis. He asked people to stay at home.

Around one million commuters are using the railway system in Egypt daily, he said, adding that a total of 47,000 employees work at the authority.

The authority conducted awareness-raising campaigns on the risks of coronavirus for the employees, Abdel Tawab continued. All trains are sterilized before and after the journeys daily, he added.

The Egyptian government is taking gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to the end of March. All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation as of Thursday until March 31.

Meanwhile, all mosques and Islamic places of worship across Egypt were closed for two weeks starting from March 21, 2020, to curb the virus, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf [Endowment] on Saturday.

As yet the global infected cases of the virus reached 283,268 people and 11,829 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 93,535. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
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3/21/2020 4:14:48 PM
<![CDATA[4,000 educational centers closed all over Egypt: Local development min.]]>
In a statement on Saturday, Shaarawy said that the operations chamber at the Ministry of Local Development is weekly following up the closure of marketplaces.

He asserted that the decision of the prime minister to close cafes and shops as of 7 pm until 6 am daily is implemented and any violators of this decision will be fined.

Shaarawy said 300 violations by cafes and shops that did not abide by the decision in all governorates have been reported.]]>
3/21/2020 3:46:32 PM
<![CDATA[Higher Education ministry reveals status of remote learning]]>
The ministry has been upgrading the infrastructure of public universities for a year and half before class suspension amid the coronavirus outbreak. The total value of the digitalization and e-learning project is LE4.3 billion, while that of the first phase, which includes the digital platforms used in remote learning, is LE1.5 billion.

The Egyptian Ministry of Defence deployed on Tuesday troops to spray disinfectant in Cairo’s schools and universities as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus as per the directions of the President Abdel Fatah al Sisi.

The general commander of the Egyptian Army and minister of defence, General Mohammed Zaki, ordered the army’s chemical war department to follow all the precautionary measures against Coronavirus by executing a plan that includes disinfecting universities, schools, vital institutions, and crowded streets.

The chemical war department dispatched mobile sterilization vehicles and soldiers donning protective gear to eliminate chances of infection among the students and teaching staff of Cairo’s schools and universities.]]>
3/21/2020 3:27:21 PM
<![CDATA[No coronavirus cases in N. Sinai: Health Ministry]]>
In a statement, Kamel said that the governorate is free from any COVID 19 cases.

Kamel denied that any of the employees in a cement factory in central Sinai suffer from the virus, urging not to spread rumors that can cause panic among the citizens. ]]>
3/21/2020 2:51:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's mosques, Islamic worship places closed to curb Coronavirus outbreak]]>
The ministry also suspended Friday prayer and other congregational prayers, noted that Adhan [the call for the prayer] will be performed at the mosques and the Muazin [the Muslim clergyman who calls on the Muslims for performing the prayers] should add the phrase “Pray at homes.”

Meanwhile, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb decided on Saturday to suspend Friday prayers and congregational prayers in Al-Azhar Mosque downtown Cairo for two weeks, as a preventive measure against the outbreak of the virus.

Six days ago, the Grand Imam issued a fatwa [Islamic decision] saying that the cancellation Friday prayer and all congregational prayers are permissible amid the current health crisis.

As yet the global infected cases of the virus reached 283,268 people and 11,829 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 93,535. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The Egyptian government is taking gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to the end of March. Recently, All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation as of Thursday until March 31.

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3/21/2020 2:48:31 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus Egypt: Friday prayers for Muslims suspended at Al-Azhar; Sayeda Zainab Mosque closed]]>
Six days ago, the Grand Imam issued a fatwa [Islamic decision] saying that the cancellation of Friday prayer and all congregational prayers are permissible amid the current health crisis.

Egypt’s Ministry of Awqaf [Endowment] closed Al Sayeda Zainab Mosque, one of the most important and historical mosques in Old Cairo, after a large number of worshippers mobbed outside the mosque following the Friday prayer, the ministry announced in a statement on Friday evening.

The ministry also added that the closure was decided to prevent possible gatherings by Muslims on the anniversary of the birthday of Zeinab, the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammed [Peace and Blessing be Upon Him] due on March 24, 2020. The closure of the mosque would last until the return of the study at schools and universities.

Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced on Friday evening that 29 new coronavirus cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 258, including 8 deaths so far. However, the number of recovered people reached 60 cases.

As yet the global infected cases of the virus reached 283,268 people and 11,829 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 93,535. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The Egyptian government is taking gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to the end of March. Recently, All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation as of Thursday until March 31.

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3/21/2020 1:35:27 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros II closes churches, suspends rituals for 14 days]]>
The Pope also decided to shut down halls where condolences are extended, recommending in his statement that funerals must be exclusive to the deceased’s families. Each diocese shall confine funerals to one church, and all visits to monasteries have to stop.

The Pope urged resident and expat Christians to abide by the rules set by the authorities to avoid a possible disaster, and to pray for those who were infected and for medical teams who are combating the crisis at present.

The Ministry of Health and Population declared on Friday that infection cases rose by 29 to record 285, and that deaths increased to 8 as a 60-year-old man died after returning from Italy.

Yet, 11 individuals healed and left the quarantine hospital for the total to become 39.]]>
3/21/2020 1:32:19 PM
<![CDATA[Education minister discusses private schools tuition fees]]>
On the other hand, Deputy Chairman of Private Schools Owners Association Badawy Allam negated that the due dates of Spring semester tuition fees have been postponed.

Allam told Al Shorouq newspaper that the current academic year is not over yet, and that the education process is still ongoing electronically as well as the communication between teachers and students.

Since final exams were substituted by a project/research for grades 1 to 8, and some claim they have no access to the internet and educational TV channels and hence would not be able to submit by May 15, the minister clarified that such students have to start the next academic year two weeks earlier to sit for exams and pass.

Shawky stated that the ministry had also launched an e-library in addition to the existing Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) to make the curricula available in English and Arabic for all students at pre-university education. Here is the link https://study.ekb.eg.

The materials include videos, photos, and documentaries as well as 80 dictionaries and an encyclopedia.]]>
3/21/2020 1:03:35 PM
<![CDATA[2 arrested over spreading rumors about coronavirus]]>
A security source said such news aim to stir up the public opinion.

All legal measures have been taken against them, the source added. ]]>
3/21/2020 11:44:21 AM
<![CDATA[Trump announces U.S.-Mexico border closure to stem spread of coronavirus]]>
"As we did with Canada, we're also working with Mexico to implement new rules at our ports of entry to suspend non-essential travel," Trump said. "These new rules and procedures will not impede lawful trade and commerce." Trump said that Mexico is also suspending air travel from Europe.

Trump claimed at his news briefing Friday afternoon that after invoking the Defense Protection Act on Wednesday he had begun using it when the government ordered millions of masks and other supplies.

It is worth mentioning the Defense Protection Act grants presidents extraordinary powers to force American industries to produce medical supplies, materials and equipment that health care workers say are in dire shortage in hospitals across the country.

"We have millions of masks which are coming and will be distributed to the states," Trump said. "The act is very good for things like this."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US has taken "two important steps" this week to curb the spread of the virus. He noted the border closure with Canada, announced Wednesday, would go into effect at midnight. He said the closure would be reviewed after 30 days and reiterated the news Trump shared that the border with Mexico would also close.

"The United States and Mexico have agreed to restrict nonessential travel across our border," Pompeo said. ]]>
3/21/2020 11:34:03 AM
<![CDATA[NY Gov. orders all nonessential workers to stay home]]>
The executive order takes effect Sunday evening, Cuomo said, and comes a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state's nearly 40 million residents to stay home, CNN reported.

The two states have a combined population of nearly 59 million people, meaning the two orders affect nearly 1 in 5 Americans. ]]>
3/21/2020 11:29:07 AM
<![CDATA[WHO strongly warns youth against COVID-19]]>
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, told a virtual press conference: "Today, I have a message for young people: You are not invincible, this virus could put you in hospital for weeks or even kill you.

"Even if you don't get sick the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else."]]>
3/21/2020 10:50:02 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt calls on pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia for self-isolation]]>
The ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed called on everyone who has any symptoms of the virus to go directly to the nearest fever hospitals or contacting hotline 105 or 15335 to inquire about any information related to the spread of Coronavirus.

Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced on Thursday evening that 46 new coronavirus cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 256, including 7 deaths so far. However, the number of recovered people reached 42 cases.



As yet the global infected cases of the virus reached 255,796 people and 10,495 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 89,918. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The Egyptian government is taking gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to the end of March. Recently, All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation as of Thursday until March 31.
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3/20/2020 5:41:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt cancels final exams for primary, preparatory grade students due to Coronavirus]]>
In a televised speech, Minister Tareq Shawki reviewed the ministry’s plan to facilitate e-educational methods for the students who stay at home after president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decreed suspension of the study at schools and universities nationwide amid the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic for two weeks starting from March 15, 2020.

Shawki announced that all final exams of primary grades and first and second primary grades are cancelled due to the virus outbreak, and noted that every student of these grades should provide research on every subject.

Within four days, the ministry established a sub-website that contains all study materials in English and Aabic for all students starting from Kindergarten (KG) grades to secondary grade on https://www.ekb.eg/ar/home .

“Our students can access the e-library from mobile phones or computers without any obstacles," he said, noting that the ministry has also provided another educational alternative as T.V. channels will broadcast the explanation of the curricula.

The ministry added that another website [https://edmodo.org] has been created to help teachers communicate online with the students, continuing that the ministry will publish a set of videos to show how to deal with the newly-created websites.

As for the first and second secondary grades, the final tests will be conducted online on their tablets and results will be sent to the students electronically, the minister said.

On his official Facebook account, the ministry said that those who fail in providing their researches will start next academic year two weeks earlier in order to re-study the materials again.



In an interview with Yahdoth fi Misr [Happens in Egypt] talk show on MBC channel on Thursday evening, the minister announced that the suspension of the study is likely to last more than the announced period.

The Egyptian government is taking gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to the end of March. Recently, All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation as of Thursday until March 31.

Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced on Thursday evening that 46 new coronavirus cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 256, including 7 deaths so far. However, the number of recovered people reached 42 cases.



As yet the global infected cases of the virus reached 255,796 people and 10,495 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 89,918. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.]]>
3/20/2020 4:59:15 PM
<![CDATA[Health ministry's hotlines available for free to citizens - ministry]]>
This service will be offered for clients of the four mobile operators as well as for the fixed landline users.

The move comes in light of the communications ministry’s contribution to spreading medical awareness among people.

It also comes as part of the State’s precautionary measures to confront the novel coronavirus pandemic. ]]>
3/20/2020 4:08:34 PM
<![CDATA[Gov't closes Cairo, Giza shops violating closure decision over COVID-19]]>
Egypt on Thursday reported 46 new coronavirus cases and a fatality, bringing the total number of patients to 256 and raising the death toll to seven. The last fatality was a citizen in Giza.

The Cairo authorities said the governorate would shut down shops violating the decision and seal them with red wax, meaning they would not be reopened without a security permission. Shop owners will also pay a fine of LE 10,000 ($635).

In Giza, such violation will be considered a legal case and will require the violating shops to be sealed as well.

In this regard, Ahmed Rashed, the governor of Giza, led a campaign in the streets of Giza to enforce the closure decision. He ordered authorities to take all measures against the institutions that violate the decision.

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All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation, as a preventive measure by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), announced the Egyptian cabinet in a statement on Thursday.

However, the decision excludes pharmacies, bakeries, grocery stores, supermarkets, and the delivery service, said Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.]]>
3/20/2020 3:53:03 PM
<![CDATA[Armed Forces greet Sisi on anniversary of Israa and Miraj]]>
This occasion refers to a miraculous journey that Prophet Muhammad took in one night from Mecca to Jerusalem and then an ascension to heavens.

In his cable, the defense minister wished the Egyptian president health and well being and asserted that Prophet Muhammad's message has taught us the importance of defending land and protecting our homes with all possible sacrifices.

He also voiced hope that Egypt would further enjoy security and stability.]]>
3/20/2020 2:59:06 PM
<![CDATA[Foreign ministry: Egyptian embassy follows up return of stranded nationals in Sudan]]>
In statements on Friday, Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptian Expats Yasser Hashem said that Qastal border checkpoint between the two countries was opened on Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 19, to bring back home stranded Egyptians.

The terminal was closed on Friday, March 20, as part of precautionary measures taken by both countries to combat the spread of coronavirus, he noted.

In this regard, Khartoum coordinated with all parties concerned to ensure the safe return of Egyptian citizens to homeland, amb. Hesham said.

Also, the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum thanked all officials in both countries for their efforts in this respect, a matter that facilitated the return of Egyptians to homeland]]>
3/20/2020 2:51:58 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies layoff of State administrative body staffers over coronavirus]]>
In a report released Friday, the center said it has contacted the Central Agency for Organization and Administration (CAOA), which totally dismissed these reports, stressing that the cabinet’s decision to reduce the number of staffers at government institutions comes as part of the precautionary measures taken by the State to confront the virus spread.

This measure takes effect for 15 days as per the government decision, it added.

The CAOA urged media outlets and social media users to verify the authenticity of any news before publishing them. ]]>
3/20/2020 11:22:06 AM
<![CDATA[Covid-19: Coptic Church closes events halls to avoid crowds]]>
The decision, issued by Bishop Dimitrios on Wednesday, includes the closure of occasion venues as well as events and services halls.

Egyptian churches have responded to the government’s instructions to ban gatherings by suspending Sunday schools and church’s education services.

The churches took steps like holding mass services every day to avoid crowds on holidays and occasions, while making sure the attendees’ temperatures are normal.
























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3/20/2020 10:10:45 AM
<![CDATA[WHO announces latest data on Coronavirus cases worldwide]]>
A total of 191,127 confirmed cases were registered at the organization’s data, including 7,807 deaths.

“WHO COVID-19 Situation Reports present official counts of confirmed COVID19 cases, thus differences between WHO reports and other sources of COVID19 data using different inclusion criteria and different data cutoff times are to be expected,” said WHO in its Situation Report (No.58) on Thursday.

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As yet the number of confirmed cases all over the world reached 231,362, including 9,391 deaths and 86,261 recovered.

On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday evening that 14 new coronavirus cases were detected, including two foreigners and 12 Egyptians, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 210.

The global infected cases of the virus reached 221,926 people and 8,999 deaths were reported to date.



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3/19/2020 7:29:28 PM
<![CDATA[Domestic tourism in Aswan, Luxor, Red Sea, S. Sinai halted for 14 days]]>
This comes after the Health Ministry earlier announced banning workers in all tourist facilities in these governorates from leaving for 14 days and putting them in quarantine.

The procedures in the three governorates will also include cleaning and sterilizing all tourist facilities as well as governmental and non-governmental facilities, Health Minister Hala Zayed said on Wednesday, in a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

The Egyptian Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed 14 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 210.

The new cases were all in contact with previously confirmed cases, the ministry said in a statement.

Separately, Saad Makki, deputy health minister in Dakahlia northeast of Cairo, said all the examined doctors, nurses and workers at Belqas Central Hospital tested negative for coronavirus.

The total number of people recovering from the deadly virus reached 28, said Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed on Wednesaday, as part of 40 cases who turned negative.

Until Wednesday, six people have died in Egypt of the coronavirus.

The last two deaths were announced Tuesday, including a 78-year-old Italian national and a 70-year old Egyptian national in Cairo.

Both of them died at the isolation hospital, the spokesman said, adding that the family members of the dead Egyptians are being tested.]]>
3/19/2020 6:36:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt evacuates hundreds of citizens from Kuwait]]>
He confirmed that the journey came within the framework of Egypt's keenness on the safety of the Egyptian community abroad and its quick response to solve all their problems due to the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Immigration Minister Nabila Makram announced that the ministry sent 30 buses on Thursday morning to Qastal border checkpoint in Sudan to bring back the stranded Egyptians.

The move is part of the precautionary measures taken by Egypt to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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3/19/2020 6:13:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt shuts down theaters, cinemas amid fears of Coronavirus outbreak]]>
"The decision is wise and we just have to abide by the instructions under the current circumstances to save the lives of citizens," Head of Actors Syndicate Ashraf Zaki.

"Certainly, this will cause huge losses, but the whole world isspendingbillions to confront the virus;it is an emergency that we hope will end soon," he added.

On his part, Producer Mohsen Alam El-Din, a member of the Egyptian Chamber of Film Industry, said, "We are committed to implementing the state’s instructions, and everyone must abide by these procedures because the whole world is going througha critical circumstance."
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3/19/2020 5:45:58 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt studies to provide disinfectants, face masks on rations]]>
In an interview with al-Tasea talk show on al-Qahera Wel Nas channel, the minister added that the ministry is discussing ways of increasing the production of alcohol. The Minister assured that medicines and food supply are ample, adding that Egypt is ready on all levels to address this crisis.

The Egyptian government is taking gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to the end of March. Recently, All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops will shut down from 7:00 pm (Cairo time) to 6:00 pm across the nation as of Thursday until March 31.

Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday evening that 14 new coronavirus cases were detected, including two foreigners and 12 Egyptians, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 210.

However, it added that 40 patients were recovered from the disease and two cases of Egyptian nationals were discharged from the isolation hospital.

The global infected cases of the virus reached 221,926 people and 8,999 deaths were reported to date. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

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3/19/2020 5:39:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian law: exporting masks, alcohol now punishable by jail]]>
The move to ban the export of masks and alcohol sterilizers for three months comes after large amounts of these products were found to be exported, over the past few days, to the countries witnessing COVID-19 outbreak, a matter that badly affected the quantities of these products in the local market, she added.

An amendment of the article punishes those smuggling or trying to smuggle outside the country petroleum products and products that the country imposed an export ban on by at least three-year-imprisonment and an LE 100,000 ($6,348) fine. The maximum punishment is an LE 1 million ($63,481) and a seven-year-imprisonment.

The court also seizes the products and the transportation means used to commit the crime.

In case the convict committed a similar crime within one year after he finishes his imprisonment term, the minimum and maximum penalties would be doubled, according to the law.

The Egyptian Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed 14 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 210.

The new cases were all in contact with previously confirmed cases, the ministry said in a statement.

The total number of people recovering from the deadly virus reached 28, said Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed, as part of 40 cases who turned negative.

Until Wednesday, six people have died in Egypt of the coronavirus.

The last two deaths were announced Tuesday, including a 78-year-old Italian national and a 70-year old Egyptian national in Cairo.

Both of them died at the isolation hospital, the spokesman said, adding that the family members of the dead Egyptians are being tested.]]>
3/19/2020 4:59:02 PM
<![CDATA[Covid-19: Endowment Ministry calls on shortening Friday prayers ]]>
The ministry warned preachers against posting or sharing inaccurate information or news via their social media pages.

As per the statement, preachers should arrive one hour early at the mosque before Friday prayers begin, to follow up on the cleaning works.

The minister of endowment ensured that precautionary measures should be followed along with having confidence in God and that we should not be controlled by panic and dismay.

As part of the ministry’s anti-Covid-19 precautionary measures, a campaign was launched to sterilize mosques. Also mosques will close all toilets and abulation areas outside prayers' times.

As a result of the rise in the death toll due to Coronavirus across the world, with many countries recording hundreds of deaths daily, a lot of countries announced suspending group prayers, including Saudi Arabia. ]]>
3/19/2020 3:41:20 PM
<![CDATA[Restaurants, cafes, shopping malls shut down in Egypt due to COVID-19]]>
The decision will come into force on Thursday, March 19, 2020, until March 31, 2020, announced Prime Minister Moutafa Madbouly in the statement.

However, the decision excludes pharmacies, bakeries, grocery stores, supermarkets, and the delivery service, he added.

Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday evening that 14 new coronavirus cases were detected, including two foreigners and 12 Egyptians, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 210. However, it added that 40 patients were recovered from the disease and two cases of Egyptian nationals were discharged from the isolation hospital.

Meanwhile, Egypt will be suspending the aviation movement in all airports starting Thursday noon until March 31.

John Jabbour, the WHO representative in Egypt, said refugees and foreigners are treated like Egyptians, in terms of receiving medical care for Coronavirus (Covid-19), according to the international health regulations.

Amgad el-Khouly, a counselor at the World Health Organization in Cairo, said that the virus has not yet mutated and that Coronavirus belongs to slow-mutating viruses.

Earlier, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed to suspend study at schools and universities across the country for two weeks as of Sunday, March 15, as part of the country's comprehensive strategy to combat Coronavirus.

Coronavirus has forced many countries to suspend their flights around the globe after the infected cases reached 221,926 people and 8,999 deaths were reported to date. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.]]>
3/19/2020 1:29:10 PM
<![CDATA[Immigration Min. sent buses to bring back home stranded Egyptians from Sudan]]>
The move is part of precautionary measures taken by Egypt to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The buses will be supplied with meals, water bottles and other necessary items for the passengers' convenience, she said.

She added that the ministry is on constant contact with Egyptian students and nationals who are either studying or living in Sudan to answer back any query they have about the virus or measures taken by the country to look after them.

On Tuesday, Egyptian Ambassador to Sudan Hossam Issa said an agreement was reached with the authorities in Sudan to open all border crossings exceptionally for two days to bring back home Egyptians stranded there.The decision is applicable on individuals and trucks, he added.]]>
3/19/2020 12:15:51 PM
<![CDATA[Italy set to prolong anti-coronavirus lockdown: PM Conte to paper]]>
In comments to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Conte said measures taken to close schools, universities and to impose severe restrictions on movement would have to be prolonged.

Under current measures, Italy’s 60 million people are only allowed to travel for work, medical reasons or emergencies under an order that runs until April 3, while most shops, except those selling food and pharmacies, are supposed to remain closed until March 25.]]>
3/19/2020 12:02:14 PM
<![CDATA[No COVID-19 cases registered in China for 1st time since outbreak]]>
The cases detected are among those coming from abroad, the committee said, noting that the cases registered are 8 deaths and 34 infected cases.

The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 81,107 and the cumulative death toll is 3,248.

The Chinese National Health Commission said 819 patients were released from hospitals after being cured, upping the total number of patients discharged from hospital to 70,547 until Wednesday evening.

The number of severe cases decreased by 308 to 2,314.]]>
3/19/2020 11:49:23 AM
<![CDATA[Gov't members undergo COVID-19 tests ahead of weekly meeting]]>
The ministry started several days ago conducting COVID-19 tests at airports, terminals and all vital areas and facilities nationwide. ]]>
3/19/2020 11:46:38 AM
<![CDATA[Two members of Congress test positive for coronavirus]]>
McAdams, 45, said that he started developing mild symptoms on Saturday after returning from Washington, D.C., and immediately began isolating himself after consultation with his doctor.

"On Tuesday, my doctor instructed me to get tested for COVID-19 and following his referral, I went to the local testing clinic for the test," he said in a statement "Today I learned that I tested positive.”

McAdams, the only Democratic member of Utah's congressional delegation, said he will self-quarantine until he knows it is safe: “I'm doing my part as all Americans are doing to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate the coronavirus outbreak."

"I urge Utahns to take this seriously and follow the health recommendations we're getting from the CDC and other health experts so that we can recover from this public threat," his statement concludes.

McAdams, the only Democratic member of Utah's congressional delegation, said he will self-quarantine until he knows it is safe: “I'm doing my part as all Americans are doing to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate the coronavirus outbreak."

On Wednesday, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first known member of Congress to contract the virus.]]>
3/19/2020 11:16:06 AM
<![CDATA[40 cases recovered from coronavirus – Health ministry]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said on Wednesday that two cases of Egyptian nationals were discharged from the isolation hospital after receiving medical care and being fully recovered.

He detailed that 14 new coronavirus cases were detected, including two foreigners and 12 Egyptians.

This upped the total number of confirmed cases to 210.

All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals and they are all stable, the spokesman said.

The ministry has stepped up precautionary measures in all governorates and intensified campaigns to spread awareness about infectious diseases.

Megahed stressed that the ministry announced all positive and suspected cases nationwide. (MENA)]]>
3/18/2020 10:57:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt affirms availability of goods, food for months amid Coronavirus crises]]>
Minister Ali Meshly added that there is also a strategic stockpile to meets the country's needs for several months to come. He added that no need for any one to worry, especially as the authorities deal decisively with anyone trying to manipulate with the quality of products or prices.

During a press conference held March 16, Egypt’s Prime Minster Mostafa Madbouly warned of attempts to hide any goods or to increase the prices, adding, “All goods are available and no need for citizens to stock at homes”.

Ministry of Health announced Tuesday that the country recorded 30 new Covid-19 cases, raising the total number to 196.

All social gatherings, shows at cinemas and theaters were suspended in Egypt amid fears of the spread of the emerging Coronavirus. As of March 19, all aviation movement will be suspended as well.

Furthermore, schools and universities across the country were suspended for two weeks as of March 15, according to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's directions as part of the country's comprehensive strategy to combat Coronavirus.

President Sisi allocated L.E. 100 billion to fund the anti-Coronavirus strategy and its related precautionary measures.]]>
3/18/2020 8:24:08 PM
<![CDATA[Covid-19: WHO rep. says Egypt provides equal care to foreigners, citizens]]>
Amgad el-Khouly, a counselor at the World Health Organization in Cairo, said that the virus has not yet mutated, and that Coronavirus belongs to slow-mutating viruses.

WHO has announced that the total number of confirmed infected cases with Coronavirus reached 167,515 from 150 countries, including 6,606 deaths.

He urged all countries to abide by the preventive procedures to avoid the spread of the virus, ensuring the importance of monitoring the virus, equipping hospitals and providing prompt medical care to confirmed cases.

He further added that exchanging information about cases among countries is crucial, and highlighted the importance of isolation, early detection and keeping distances between infected patients and other people.

Special Envoy of WHO director Maha el-Rabat stated that Egypt is capable of containing Covid-19 through the firm measures it is taking to prevent its spread.

WHO announced that two of its employees were infected with Coronavirus, according to Sky News. ]]>
3/18/2020 8:18:56 PM
<![CDATA[Immigration Ministry returns 200 Egyptians from Sudan]]>
The Ministry of Immigration has received requests from a number of Egyptian students in Sudan about the existence of difficulties to return to Egypt due to the suspension of flights because of the coronvirus, according to the ministry's statement.

In the ministry’s statement, Makram asked the students and citizens wishing to return from Sudan to go to the headquarters of the Egyptian Embassy in Khartoum to register their personal data.

The minister has recently contacted Egyptian Ambassador to Jordan Sherif Kamel, to follow up the issue of the Egyptians stuck at Jordan Airport. She also stated that Kamel visited these citizens and contacted the concerned authorities, indicating that steps are being taken to end the situation.]]>
3/18/2020 8:11:52 PM
<![CDATA[No quarantine restrictions imposed on any governorate in Egypt: Min.]]>
His statements came in response to news reports claiming quarantine restrictions imposed on Sharm el-Sheikh city as of Wednesday, and for 14 days.

Heikal said that tourists will depart Egypt as per the schedules of their travel programs, and all those who contacted them, including workers at hotels, bazaars will remain in the city for 14 days until the last tourist leaves.

He further stressed that accurate information will be announced by the government, calling on everyone not to listen to rumors circulating on social media platforms.]]>
3/18/2020 8:08:52 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s military spox denies army deployed to impose curfew]]>
Egypt’s Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed 30 new cases and two deaths. This brings the total number of the cases infected with coronavirus, known as Covid-19, in the North African country, to 196 and raises the official death toll to six.

Refaie urged media platforms to verify the source of the information they receive, affirming that the military spokesperson is the sole source of information concerning decision taken by the armed forces.

He warned against the spread of rumors and “malicious claims.”

The armed forces continue to cooperate with state institutions to face the danger of the novel coronavirus and take all procedures that ensure the safety of the Egyptian people, the spokesperson added.

Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal earlier denied news that the government has isolated the South Sinai’s city of Sharm El Sheikh, one of Egypt’s major tourist attractions.

In a meeting between Health Minister Hala Zayed and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Zayed said some precautionary measures were taken in the tourist governorates of Luxor, Aswan and South Sinai, including banning workers in all tourist facilities from leaving these governorates for 14 days and putting them in quarantine.

The procedures in the three governorates will also include cleaning and sterilizing all tourist facilities as well as governmental and non-governmental facilities, Zayed said, adding that they will be unable to receive any tourists for 14 days starting from the date when the last tourist leaves.

The tourist ships also underwent precautionary measures, Zayed said, including testing all on board for the new virus, including visitors as well as the staff. Those who tested positive were quarantined. Concerning Nile cruisers, all those on board were put in quarantine for 14 days.

Earlier in March, the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization announced confirming 12 positive cases of the new virus on board the Nile cruise ship in Upper Egypt. The number then increased to 33 and other related cases were also confirmed.

The Egyptian state institutions and ministries are acting within the framework of a comprehensive strategy to fight the spread of the coronavirus nationwide, Presidential spokesman Bassam Radi told FM 95 on Monday.

This comes a day after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered allocating LE 100 billion ($6.4 billion), to fund an anti-coronavirus strategy and related precautionary measures.]]>
3/18/2020 8:03:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s health min. reviews coronavirus strategy, restrictions on tourist cities]]>
This brings the total number of the cases infected with coronavirus, known as Covid-19, in Egypt, to 196 and raises the official death toll to six, according to the Ministry of Health.

During the meeting, Health Minister Hala Zayed reviewed the medical procedures taken toward those who dealt with the infected cases, and the national measures taken to curb the spread of the deadly virus, including closing schools and universities for two weeks, suspending sport events and art shows, and halting flights.

Zayed affirmed that all the medical steps taken come in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO) and according to its recommendations.

After suspending flights for two weeks, some health procedures were taken, including putting all citizens coming from Umrah (Islamic pilgrimage) in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca in quarantine for 14 days, Zayed said.

She added that Egypt has received 27,000 thermometer guns and is set to receive 75,000 others.

Concerning the governorates of Luxor, Aswan and South Sinai, known to be among the major tourist attractions in Egypt, Zayed said some precautionary measures were taken, including banning workers in all tourist facilities from leaving these governorates for 14 days and putting them in quarantine.

The procedures in the three governorates will also include cleaning and sterilizing all tourist facilities as well as governmental and non-governmental facilities, Zayed said, adding that they will be unable to receive any tourists for 14 days starting from the date when the last tourist leaves.

The tourist ships also underwent precautionary measures, Zayed said, including testing all on board for the new virus, including visitors as well as the staff. Those who tested positive were quarantined. Concerning Nile cruisers, all those on board were put in quarantine for 14 days.

Earlier in March, the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization announced confirming 12 positive cases of the new virus on board the Nile cruise ship in Upper Egypt. The number then increased to 33 and other related cases were also confirmed.

The Egyptian state institutions and ministries are acting within the framework of a comprehensive strategy to fight the spread of the coronavirus nationwide, Presidential spokesman Bassam Radi told FM 95 on Monday.

This comes a day after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered allocating LE 100 billion ($6.4 billion), to fund an anti-coronavirus strategy and related precautionary measures.]]>
3/18/2020 7:32:19 PM
<![CDATA[Finding cure for Coronavirus to take at least 1 year: WHO]]>
She noted that finding a cure will take at least one year, as the process of producing a vaccine for Coronavirus should pass through a number of phases, which might take longer than two months.

“Societies need to abide by precautionary measures to contain the virus. Each individual bears the full responsibility of implementing these measures, and positively participate in combating the disease,” she added.

Regional Director of WHO Ahmed el-Monzery said that the countries in the region are suffering from health crises that affected their health systems in terms of staff, and financial capabilities. He added that WHO is coordinating with these countries to strengthen their health systems, and eradicate epidemics.

John Jabbour, WHO representative in Egypt, said that Egypt had taken all precautionary measures to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, stressing that the country has provided a list of hospitals applying the approved treatment protocol, to which the infected cases were referred.

WHO has announced that the total number of confirmed infected cases with Coronavirus reached 167,515 from 150 countries, including 6,606 deaths.

















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3/18/2020 6:36:00 PM
<![CDATA[Calls to limit sale of disinfectants, masks to pharmacies only ]]>
Head of Consumer Protection Agency Rady Abdel Mo’ty confirmed that judicial police vehicles are deployed at markets to monitor attempts to raise prices of goods, and take the necessary legal procedures.

One of these campaigns could seize 10,000 medical masks, 500 disinfectants, and 150 hand sanitizers that were attempted to be stored.
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3/18/2020 6:30:58 PM
<![CDATA[WHO: Refugees & foreigners treated in Egypt from coronavirus without discrimination]]>
At a press conference, he added that Egypt has taken all precautionary measures for fighting the virus.

He also pointed out that the WHO-approved therapeutic protocol is applied in Egypt.]]>
3/18/2020 2:43:09 PM
<![CDATA[1st Egyptian expat in Italy dies of Covid-19]]>
“All procedures will be done according to the Italian law and regulations, which means no goodbyes from friends or relatives and no Ghusl (full-body purification with water according to Islamic laws) will be taking place,” head of the Italian-Egyptian association Mohamed al- Abd wrote on Facebook.

Until today, Italy recorded 31,506 Covid-19 infections and 2,503 deaths. Some 2,941 other cases were recovered from the virus.

In Egypt, the ministry of Health announced Tuesday that the country recorded 30 new Covid-19 cases, raising the total number to 196.

All social gatherings, shows at cinemas and theaters were suspended in Egypt amid fears of spread of the emerging Coronavirus. As of March 19, all aviation movement will be suspended as well.

Schools and universities across the country were suspended for two weeks as of March 15, according to President Abdel Fatah al Sisi's directions as part of the country's comprehensive strategy to combat Coronavirus.

Sisi allocated L.E. 100 billion to fund the anti-Coronavirus strategy and its related precautionary measures.
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3/18/2020 11:32:05 AM
<![CDATA[Russia decides to close schools as of March 23 over COVID-19 spread fears]]>
In statements on Wednesday, the minister said students will be provided remote education channels as of Monday.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia has risen to 114, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said, a 22% increase from Monday. Ten of these infections were transmitted within the country rather than contracted abroad, she added]]>
3/18/2020 11:12:37 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian scientists abroad decry Toronto Uni over inaccurate figures]]>
The Egyptian scientists included prominent Egyptian-American space scientist and geologist Farouk El Baz, they accused the University of spreading panic among Egyptian citizens by releasing inaccurate figures and information.

In the letter, the scientists urged the University to launch an investigation into Bogoch’s research for scientific misconduct. The scientists have also criticized the Guardian and New York Times newspapers after publishing the false figures of Bogoch.

In a Tuesday statement, SIS demanded an apology from the Guardian for publishing the report that cited a study by a Canadian Medical Doctor claiming that infected people in the country may amount to more than 19,000. The official number stands at 196, with six deaths and 26 recovered cases at the time of writing.

The statement said that the Guardian reporter license in Egypt was canceled and that they gave a warning to the chief of the New York Times Cairo bureau Declan Walsh.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health has announced on Tuesday that the number of coronavirus cases in Egypt rose to 196 and the death tally was upped to six.
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3/18/2020 9:10:16 AM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry to open 13 labs for PCR tests across Egypt]]>
Nancy El-Gendy, head of the department, said in a press statement that citizens can head to the laboratory branches to conduct the necessary tests.

She added that new devices and medical equipment had arrived at Al-Abbasiya Fever Hospital and the staff is being trained to use them.

Egypt has announced it will suspend international flights to and from the country from 19 till 31 March at all airports nationwide as well as reduce the presence of public sector employees to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus has forced many countries to suspend their flights around the globe after the infected cases reached 174,605 people and 6,685 deaths were reported to date. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

“WHO is deeply concerned by the alarming levels of the coronavirus spread, severity & inaction, & expects to see the number of cases, deaths & affected countries climb even higher. Therefore, we made the assessment that COVID19 can be characterized as a pandemic,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusin in a press conference.
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3/18/2020 8:19:59 AM
<![CDATA[New coronavirus can survive on some surfaces for days: study]]>
Scientists found that the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease had similar levels of viability outside the body to its predecessor that caused SARS.

This means that other factors like greater transmission between people with no symptoms might be why the current pandemic is far greater than the SARS outbreak of 2002-2003.

The new paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and carried out by scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), University of California, Los Angeles and Princeton.

The new coronavirus was detectable for up to four hours on copper and two to three days on plastic and stainless steel, and for up to 24 hours on cardboard.

The team used a nebulizer to simulate a person coughing or sneezing, and found that the virus became an aerosol -- meaning its particles became suspended in the air -- making it detectable for almost three hours.

The study was first posted on a medical pre-print website last week before it was peer-reviewed, and attracted much attention, including some criticism from scientists who said that it may have overstated the airborne threat.

The virus is predominantly transmitted by respiratory droplets and in this form it is viable for only a few seconds after a person coughs or sneezes.

Critics questioned whether a nebulizer accurately mimicked a human cough or sneeze.

That said, there is other evidence to suggest it can become an aerosol, albeit in rare circumstances.

- SARS comparison -



A Chinese paper that was posted last week and is awaiting peer-review found an aerosolized form of the new coronavirus was present in the bathrooms of patients in a Wuhan hospital, as the virus is shed in stools.

An aerosolized form of SARS was responsible for infecting hundreds of people in a Hong Kong apartment complex in 2003, when a sewage line leaked on to a ceiling fan creating a virus-laden plume.

The team behind the NEJM study performed similar tests on the SARS virus, finding the two viruses behave similarly.

But their similar viability fails to explain why the novel coronavirus pandemic has infected close to 200,000 people and caused almost 8,000 deaths, while the SARS epidemic infected about 8,000 and killed nearly 800.

"This indicates that differences in the epidemiologic characteristics of these viruses probably arise from other factors, including high viral loads in the upper respiratory tract and the potential for persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 to shed and transmit the virus while asymptomatic," wrote the researchers.

SARS-CoV-2 is the technical name for the new coronavirus.

The findings affirm guidance from public health professionals regarding social distancing, avoiding touching the face, covering your cough or sneeze and frequently disinfecting objects using cleaning sprays or wipes.

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3/18/2020 7:35:42 AM
<![CDATA[IMF rejects Venezuela request for billions in virus aid]]>
President Nicolas Maduro made the request earlier Tuesday but, in a statement hours later, the Washington-based institution indirectly cited a dispute over Maduro's leadership in denying his petition.

"Unfortunately, the Fund is not in a position to consider this request," because there is "no clarity" on international recognition of the country's government, the Washington-based institution said in a statement.

"As we have mentioned before, IMF engagement with member countries is predicated on official government recognition by the international community, as reflected in the IMF's membership. There is no clarity on recognition at this time," the statement said.

More than 50 countries including the United States have not recognized Maduro for more than a year. They switched allegiance to opposition leader Juan Guaido who declared himself acting president.

Guaido branded Maduro a usurper over the president's 2018 re-election in polls widely seen as fraudulent.

US sanctions and other international pressure have failed to dislodge Maduro, who is backed by Venezuela's creditors China and Russia and retains the support of the powerful military.

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3/18/2020 7:31:56 AM
<![CDATA[Greece to restrict migrant camp movements in virus measure]]>
"Visits (to camps) by individuals and organizations are suspended for at least 14 days," the migration ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Entry will be allowed only to staff and there will be a compulsory temperature check for new arrivals," it said, adding that residents would be encouraged to limit their movements in and out of the camps.

Greece has progressively tightened restrictions on trade and public gatherings, and the national death toll from the virus now stands at five with 387 cases.

There are tens of thousands of asylum seekers in camps on the Greek mainland and islands near Turkey, and most of them are badly overcrowded.

Hundreds more arrived this month after Turkey announced it would no longer stop people from attempting to reach the EU -- going against a deal reached with the bloc in 2016 -- leading to days of chaos at the Greek border.

In a statement to mark four years since the deal, the Greek Council for Refugees and Oxfam said "suffering has reached unimaginable levels".

"Nothing can justify the indiscriminate detention of people seeking asylum, and Greece should not deny them a safe place during the current health crisis, nor send them back to situations where their lives and freedom are at risk," they said in a joint statement.

Oxfam migration expert Raphael Shilhav said: "While the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis is creating many uncertainties about the future, it is crucial that governments continue to protect the most vulnerable and keep to their promise to offer children safe conditions at this time."

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3/18/2020 7:29:08 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Army disinfects Cairo’s schools and universities ]]>
The general commander of the Egyptian Army and minister of defence, General Mohammed Zaki, ordered the army’s chemical war department to follow all the precautionary measures against Coronavirus by executing a plan that includes disinfecting Universities, schools, vital institutions, and crowded streets.

The chemical war department dispatched mobile sterilization vehicles and soldiers donning protective gear to eliminate chances of infection among the students and teaching staff of Cairo’s schools and universities.


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3/18/2020 6:57:12 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Health Ministry reports 30 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths]]>
This upped the total number of confirmed cases to 196.

The ministry noted that two more deaths were recorded, taking the total number of deaths to six.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said the two new deaths included a 78-year-old Italian national and a 70-year old Egyptian national in Cairo.

Both of them died at the isolation hospital, the spokesman said, adding that the family members of the dead Egyptians are being tested.

All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals and they are all stable.

A total of 26 cases recovered from the virus, he said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Hala Zayed ordered tightening precautionary measures in Daqahlia, Damietta, and Menya because a large number of people there had contacts with positive cases.

The ministry has stepped up precautionary measures in these governorates and intensified campaigns to spread awareness about infectious diseases.

Megahed stressed that the ministry announced all positive and suspected cases nationwide.]]>
3/17/2020 9:34:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s losses of latest floods LE800M, Sisi orders 'immediate mending for damages']]>
The losses were mainly were in the electricity, water and sewage stations, roads, transportation and railways sectors. Madboly affirmed that according to President Abdel Fattah el Sisi directions a comprehensive work plan aims at finding solutions for the rainwater and sewage network in Egypt will be implemented as soon as possible.

Sisi, also directed in a statement “an immediate recovery of the damage caused by the floods nationwide.”

On March 12, Egypt was hit with a wave of bad weather and heavy rains accompanied by sandy winds, thunder and low temperatures nationwide, of which lasted for three days Egypt's railways movement was suspended along with Cairo’s metro movement.

Due to the unstable weather two-rain collision took place between Imbaba and Ramsis railways stations, of which 13 passengers were injured and no deaths recorded.

Seventeen ambulance were sent to the crash location according to health Minster spokesperson Khaled Megahed, as all wounded were hospitalized and most injuries were diagnosed as simple bruises.

One of the trains apparently collided into the other by accident due to the unstable weather and heavy rains.

Also a total of 31 trees and 16 electricity towers and a minaret of a mosque have fallen, while 5 houses collapsed in the governorate.

The state of emergency was declared on Thursday, March 12, which was also declared a paid holiday to avoid traffic in the streets.



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3/17/2020 7:13:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt suspends shows in cinemas, theaters amid fears of COVID19]]>
The decision comes as part of the government’s precautionary measures and comprehensive plan to deal with any expected repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem issued a set of decisions to confront the spread of coronavirus in various sectors of the ministry, in-line with the decisions taken by the Egyptian government.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed to prepare a national plan to combat the pandemic and provided LE 100 billion to face the dangers of the deadly virus, suspending schools for two weeks, and suspending aviation traffic inside Egyptian airports.

The Ministry of Culture decided to suspend all artistic and cultural events that include large groups of citizens until further notice as a precautionary measure to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

The ministry added in a press release, that the decision comes in implementation of the instructions of the Council of Ministers and as a preventive measure to counter the emerging Coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, Abdel Dayem decided to launch awareness campaigns to prevent the infectious viral diseases, especially the coronavirus, through the General Authority for Cultural Palaces in its various locations across Egypt.

The awareness campaigns are set to be held in cooperation with the directorates of health in the governorates and the Information and Decision Support Center in the Council of Ministers.

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3/17/2020 6:45:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian gov't bans popular markets in Giza amid fears of COVID-19 spread]]>
This decision comes in light of the precautionary measures taken by the government to confront the virus in order to preserve the safety of its citizens.

On Monday, March 16, the governorate also banned hookahs in cafes and cafeterias, and stressed that in case of violations, strict measures will be taken.

Rashid ordered implementing the decision with the utmost firmness in order to preserve the safety of citizens. The governor instructed to take all the necessary measures to limit holding meetings, seminars and conferences.

The governor of Giza also instructed to set posters and awareness-raising guidelines in public places, schools and universities against the virus, in addition to following-up sanitizing the schools during the period of suspension.

The decisions of the governor also included vacating the Student Hostelto carry out the necessary maintenance work in rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as sanitize all the buildings.

Additionally, the governor ordered organizing daily campaigns to ensure the closure of all educational centers and receiving citizens' reports regarding the existence of any center that is still operating.
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3/17/2020 4:24:29 PM
<![CDATA[Covid-19: Egypt closes all zoos, takes preventive measures to protect animals ]]>
The Central Administration of Zoos announced that all precautionary measures will be taken in this regard to implement disinfection programs to prevent spread of Coronavirus inside the zoos.

The administration further added that there will be preventive measures to protect animals from weather fluctuations, especially at Giza Zoo, which is considered the largest in terms of size and numbers of animals hosted.

Maha Saber, the director of Giza Zoo, confirmed that technical units inside the zoo carried out disinfection activities at various places like spraying iron skewers and walls of cages hosting animals and birds. She also said that measures are taken in anticipation of any weather repercussions.]]>
3/17/2020 3:34:23 PM
<![CDATA[Red Sea halts domestic tourism, quarantines workers for 14 days]]>
The decree also includes quarantining workers in the tourism industry for 14 days as a pre-emptive measure against Coronavirus spread.

The employees will remain in the hotels, resorts, sites, bazars, and restaurants where they work.

During the aviation suspension set to take place on March 19-31, all touristic establishments in the country will be sanitized. As for the Red Sea governorate, sterilization will also be carried out in governmental and non-governmental institutions.

EgyptAir indicates measures taken to handle aviation suspension

CAIRO - 17 March 2020: CEO of EgyptAir Roshdy Zakaria indicated Tuesday the measures taken to handle the aviation suspension announced by the Cabinet on March 16 to curb the spread of Coronavirus.



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3/17/2020 2:51:07 PM
<![CDATA[80% of coronavirus cases heal without medications: Health Ministry]]>
The ministry highlighted that a healthy lifestyle must include the consumption of vegetables and fruits, exercising, and good hygienic habits.

The ministry added that the most vulnerable individuals to coronavirus infection are children, the elderly, and those suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and other heart diseases.

That is why the ministry calls upon citizens to self-isolate at home to avoid the spread of the pandemic given that public transportation and gatherings are a fertile environment for the virus to transmit.

As for ensuring a safe environment at home, the ministry recommends cleaning surfaces using different detergents, and airing the place very well. That is in addition to ensuring continuous personal hygiene.


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3/17/2020 2:43:12 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet issues book on consequences of coronavirus]]>
The book was issued according to directives by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli.

It includes topics related to the consequences of the spread of the virus on governments and business communities worldwide.

The book also sheds light on the experiences of some countries in confronting the virus.

The book is based on reports and analyses issued by international institutions, said Usama Al Gohary, Assistant Prime Minister and acting head of the center.

These involve the Economist research unit, Bloomberg, the Strategic and International Studies Center in Washington and the World Health Organization along with the World Economic Forum and UNCTAD.

The PM urged distributing copies of the book to all departments concerned nationwide as part of efforts by the government to spread awareness about the virus, he added.]]>
3/17/2020 2:18:02 PM