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The report added that Turkey has dispatched the dangerous terrorist and military official of the Libyan fighting group loyal to al-Qaeda Khaled al-Sharif to oversee military operations in the capital, Tripoli, and implement Erdogan's plans in Libya.

The report indicated that al-Sharif, AKA Abu Hazim al-Libi, has recently returned to the capital Tripoli from Turkey and entered through Misurata Airport, through Turkish planning.

The foundation has also prepared a video report that reveals Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s and Erdogan’s destructive role in the region.

The video also affirmed the sending of mercenaries to Libya, through coordination with terrorist groups and organizations.

The Russian Federal Agency confirmed that Ankara sent terrorists to Libya, adding that both Erdogan and Tamim have intensified their efforts recently to spread terrorism in Libya, via supporting Al-Wefaq forces with money and weapons, leading to the further suffering of Libyans, according to the report.

Moreover, Maat pointed out that the weapons sent by Turkey to Libya were purchased with Qatari money, and the process of transferring fighters from Syria to Libya was carried out via the Turkish security company ‘SADAT’.

In addition to the financial support provided by Tamim to Erdogan in order to carry out his operations in Tripoli.

The report also pointed out that the Qatari funding has become clear in both Syria and Libya, stressing that Qatar and Turkey play a major role in all countries that suffer from chaos, especially Libya, which is still suffering from the continued support of Tamim and Erdogan to fighters in Tripoli.

Earlier, UN sources told Sky News Arabia that 3,000 Syrian militants have been deployed in the areas of Al-Wefaq government led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, in western Libya.
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5/15/2020 5:53:01 PM
<![CDATA[Several terrorists killed in military raids in Egypt's North Sinai: Army spox]]>
One of the elements were killed during the raid, Spokesman Tamer Al-Refae said, while six others were killed in a hideout while attempting to escape.

The forces also managed to seize and detonate 10 explosive devices and four explosive belts.

Also, three automatic and sniper rifles, three pistols, 21 firearm magazines were seized during the military operation.

The Egyptian Armed Forces earlier in May said 126 “takfiris” were killed in 22 raids and 12 operations carried out by the army and police forces in Central and North Sinai.

Also, four officers, three non-commissioned officers and eight soldiers were either killed or injured during the operations, the statement noted, without specifying the exact number of deaths.

In a statement, the Armed Forces said it could seize a number of weapons and explosive belts, which were possessed by the eliminated terrorists.

The army could also find and detonate 630 explosive devices that were planted to target the armed forces. The opening of eight tunnels were also discovered and destroyed.

Also, the Air Force managed to destroy 228 hideouts that belonged to terrorists and 116 four-wheel drive vehicles, the statement added. ]]>
5/15/2020 5:35:17 PM
<![CDATA[7 things you need to know about Egypt's hulking wind complex in Jabal Al-Zayt]]>
In addition to three mega power plants in Beni Suef, south of Cairo, carried out by Siemens, and the Benban Solar Park in Aswan, comes the wind complex of Jabal Al-Zayt with total installed capacity of 580 MW.

The project was built by an EPC contract with cooperation with many international and national institutions such as the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), FIEM (Spain Government) and the KFW.

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The complex’ capacity is 580 MWh, with the most optimum conditions for wind farms such as wind speed, wind stability and ground terrain which prompts to 51.7% annual average capacity factor, setting a world record because of that the majority of wind farms worldwide can accomplish just from 30% to 40% capacity factor.

Egypt Today brings its readers a number of highlights regarding the mega complex, including:

- Containing a system for monitoring migratory birds through the radar to stop the turbines when they pass and restart them after passing, which is a system used for the first time in the world.

- The project is divided into three zones. A red zone, where wind energy projects are panned due to heavy bird migration activity; a yellow zone where more environmental studies should take place; and, a green zone where the wind complex was implemented.

- The complex also includes around 390 wind turbines.

- The complex’ capacity is 580 Mwh.

- The number of turbines is 120 turbines and the capacity of each turbine is 240 MW, while the second completed project includes 110 turbines with a capacity of 220 MW, and 60 turbines with a capacity of 120 megawatts, accordingly.

- The total cost of the mega project is LE 12 billion.

- The station has been completely constructed and connected to the National Electricity Network.
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5/15/2020 5:34:39 PM
<![CDATA[Marsa Alam airport receives flight from Saudi Arabia carrying 300 stranded Egyptians]]>
The arrivals have undergone the preventive procedures in order to be moved to hotel for a 14-day quarantine.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait, South Sudan and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

Egypt has suspended flight movement since 19 March, except for cargo flights, charter flights to enable tourists’ return, ambulance flights and internal flights.

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 398 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,829.

The ministry also reported 15 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 571. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 3,133 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,626 people who totally recovered. It added that 140 patients left hospitals.

This is the highest number in the daily coronavirus cases since Monday May 11, according to the official figures provided by the ministry. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count so far. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

As Egypt recently saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.]]>
5/15/2020 4:52:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt evacuates another 315 stranded nationals from Kuwait]]>
The arrivals were tested for coronavirus and have been placed in quarantine for 14 days.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait, South Sudan and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

Egypt has suspended flight movement since 19 March, except for cargo flights, charter flights to enable tourists’ return, ambulance flights and internal flights.

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 398 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,829.

The ministry also reported 15 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 571. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 3,133 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,626 people who totally recovered. It added that 140 patients left hospitals.

This is the highest number in the daily coronavirus cases since Monday May 11, according to the official figures provided by the ministry. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count so far. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

As Egypt recently saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.]]>
5/15/2020 3:51:37 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo University conducts 8 clinical trials on coronavirus: statement]]>
This means the 112-year old university has published most of the researches on coronavirus nationwide. So far, 55 researches have been issued and 33 clinical studies have been conducted in Egypt, according to the statement.

The university has adopted a treatment protocol based on two drugs available in stock at a low cost, the statement read, without revealing their names.

“This protocol is unique as it combines between working as an antiviral and as a regulator or organizer for the immune system. It also does not have significant side effects,” the statement added.

Clinical trials
Earlier in May, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar referred to the efforts of Egyptian universities and research centers in carrying out most of the clinical trials in Africa, with 22 clinical trials out of 30 experiments conducted by African countries.

According to the clinical trials website, the minister announced that Egypt ranks first among Middle Eastern and African countries carrying out experiments to find a cure for the emerging coronavirus.

Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Egypt has conducted half of the experiments carried out by countries in the Middle East to find a medicine that resists the emerging coronavirus; the Middle Eastern countries have carried out 44 experiments since the outbreak of the virus in China.

He noted that Egypt comes at the forefront, followed by Iran, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

Treatment protocols

Late in March, the Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed said hospitals in the country are using anti-malaria and HIV drugs in the treatment of coronavirus.

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.

Also, in mid-April, Mohamed Tag El-Deen, the Advisor for Health Affairs to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said Egypt started treating 50 coronavirus patients with the Japanese antiviral drug Avigan.

This comes a week after Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said the ministry has managed to communicate with the Japanese manufacturer of the antiviral drug Avigan to treat patients with coronavirus.

The drug, developed by a group firm of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., has been stored in Japan as a treatment for influenza. Reports in China showed that the drug has been effective in treating the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 398 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,829.

The ministry also reported 15 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 571. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 3,133 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,626 people who totally recovered. It added that 140 patients left hospitals.

This is the highest number in the daily coronavirus cases since Monday May 11, according to the official figures provided by the ministry. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count so far. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

As Egypt recently saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.]]>
5/15/2020 2:37:05 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies disposing of waste of sugar factory in the Nile]]>
In a report, the center said it contacted Environment Ministry, which described these videos as baseless.

The ministry noted it sends a specialized team periodically to inspect the Nile to ensure that there is no waste disposed of by the industrial complexes, especially the sugar factories.

The ministry urged various media outlets and social media users to verify their reports before publishing them and contact the ministries concerned]]>
5/15/2020 2:01:40 PM
<![CDATA[6 judges, prosecution members in Egypt test positive for coronavirus]]>
Five cases are quarantined in hospitals, while one case has been isolated at home, the room noted.

On May 3, Cairo criminal courts resumed work after a 45-day hiatus over the spread of coronavirus, as per a decision by Chairperson of Cairo Court of Appeals Badry Abdel Fattah

More than 8,000 lawsuits had been adjourned over this period, including a large number of pending cases, with several defendants on remand.

Since May 1, the criminal courts have started exceptionally for only two days a week to consider time-sensitive cases.

On March 15, 2020, Egypt’s judicial institutions suspended court trials nationwide due to coronavirus, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Justice.

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 398 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,829.

The ministry also reported 15 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 571. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 3,133 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,626 people who totally recovered. It added that 140 patients left hospitals.

This is the highest number in the daily coronavirus cases since Monday May 11, according to the official figures provided by the ministry. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count so far. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

As Egypt recently saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

Earlier this week, Egypt’s General Physical Therapy Syndicate has mourned the death of one of its senior members after contracting COVID-19, the first death among its members due to the novel virus.

Abdel Nasser Hassan, head of the syndicate’s branch in Upper Egypt’s Luxor and the former head of Luxor General Hospital died after he tested positive for coronavirus a week ago and was moved to the intensive care unit after four days as his condition deteriorated, Ahmed Ezat, a top official at the syndicate said.

Also, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate has mourned the death of a doctor who died on Friday night from coronavirus, after having a contact with a COVID-19 positive patient.

This makes him the ninth doctor to die from the novel virus in the northeastern African country.

The syndicate said that Doctor Ahmed Darraz, former head of a hospital in Al-Sharkia governorate, in northern Egypt, had been in the “front line” in the battle against coronavirus, despite his old age and the fact that he had suffered from some chronic diseases.]]>
5/15/2020 1:07:17 PM
<![CDATA[On International Day of Families, Egypt has 24.7 households]]>
The CAPMAS report showed that 34.1% of the family individuals are under 15 years, while 26.4% of individuals are at the age of 15-29. Also, 35.3% of family members aged between 30 and 64 years, while 4.1% for the elderly [over 65 years].

Egypt’s population has hit 100 million after the population clock at the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), has shown the number as of early February 2020.

The population growth in Egypt is considered one of the highest rates among the countries around the world, due to high birth rates and high fertility rates, compared to lower death rates, which led to a population pyramid with a broad base of the population below the working age, which represents a burden to the society.


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5/15/2020 1:00:32 PM
<![CDATA[Social media influencer Eladham remanded in custody over indecent act]]>
The social media influencer is accused of creating profiles on social media apps to promote immorality and behaviors that are inconsistent with the family values in the Egyptian society.

The Interior Ministry received information that Eladham ran away from her residence in the New Cairo district in order not to be arrested and used some electronic apps to encrypt her data while using the internet or making calls.

Security authorities arrested her at dawn Friday in a compound in 6th of October City where she was hiding from the police.

Investigations will be continued with her. ]]>
5/15/2020 12:59:07 PM
<![CDATA[528 prisoners released on Sinai Liberation anniversary]]>
A total of 228 were pardoned as per the presidential decree, while 300 other inmates were released on parole.

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 a 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.

Late in March, the Ministry of Interior's Prison Sector released 392 prisoners upon Presidential Pardon on the occasion of Police Day and the 68th anniversary of the epic Ismailia battle.

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.]]>
5/14/2020 8:17:54 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Egypt’s defense minister inaugurates new frigate in Alexandria]]>
Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki checked up on the new frigate, in preparation for putting it into service at the Egyptian Navy.

Zaki also checked up on the German S-43 submarine, which reached Alexandria earlier in May, as part of a contract with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems to purchase four class 209/1400mod submarines.

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The first was delivered in December 2016. The second was handed over in August 2017, while the third was launched in May 2019. The contract will be concluded in 2021 with the delivery of the fourth vessel.

The submarine has a length of 62 meters and a diameter of 6.2 meters, and is operated by 30 crew members.

What you need to know about German S-43 submarine joining Egyptian Navy

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During the celebration of the arrival of the German submarine to the base of Alexandria, Commander of the Naval Forces Ahmed Khaled affirmed that the navy will always keep the covenant to protect Egypt's borders, coasts and economic interests.

Khaled thanked the political leadership and the general command of the Armed Forces for the efforts exerted to modernize the armament of the Egyptian Armed Forces and naval arsenal.

The German S-43 submarine joined the Egyptian Navy in Alexandria on May 6. It is considered one of the most recent submarines around the world.

The reception ceremony was attended by several leaders of the Armed Forces, Navy veterans and former submarine brigade commanders, in addition to a large number of the citizens of Alexandria.

"The S-43 will be part of several joint drills with the naval forces of allied states on its way to Egypt," the spokesperson stated. He stressed that the S-43 will help enhance the capabilities of the Egyptian Navy given its technological and combat features, and that it comes as part of an ambitious plan to upgrade the Egyptian Armed Forces' defense systems.]]>
5/14/2020 6:26:33 PM
<![CDATA[Sons of COVID-19 positive member of Egypt's Parliament test positive: MP]]>
MP Shereen Farrag has been isolated at Kasr El Aini hospital in Cairo to receive medical treatment, to be officially the first coronavirus case in the Egyptian Parliament.

All the MPs who attended the meeting of the planning committee last Thursday have been tested, after they had come into contact with the infected parliamentarian, MP Yasser Omar, deputy head of the Parliament’s Planning and Budgetary Committee.

MP Talaat Khalil, who sat next to Farrag during the meeting tested negative for the virus, Omar said, noting that the committee will stop its meetings for a week.

Khalil on Wednesday announced he will self-isolate for 14 days, saying he exchanged talks with the infected MP. However, he said the preliminary results of the tests he underwent were reassuring.

Egypt's Parliament to start sterilization procedures after affirming COVID-19 case among MPs

CAIRO - 13 May 2020: Egypt's Parliament will start the sterilization procedures to all buildings and facilities after confirming that parliament member Shireen Farraj tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Counselor Mahmoud Fawzi, secretary-general of the House of Representatives, announced that Wednesday and Thursday are a paid leave for all employees inside the parliament, which would allow taking the needed procedures to sterilize all halls, buildings and offices.



The Health Ministry on Wednesday said 338 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,431, amid calls for imposing a total curfew during the coming weeks.

The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.

Egypt has reported a remarkable drop in the daily coronavirus cases, according to the official figures provided by the ministry, compared to the earlier few days. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.]]>
5/14/2020 3:46:34 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Health: Cafes, entertainment venues should remain closed]]>
Cinemas, theaters, cafes, fitness halls, and sports clubs should remain closed during the period of coexisting with the coronavirus in light of the first phase of the ministry’s plan to cope with the virus set to start at the beginning of June.

The ministry also recommended keeping the ban of weddings and funerals, and suspending universities, schools, kindergartens and nurseries.

On April 29, 2020, Health Minister Hala Zayed reviewed the ministry’s plan that fulfills the state’s strategy to coexist with the novel virus in the coming period, as the end of the crisis is not yet in sight.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli via video conferencing, the minister noted that the plan is based on following all the necessary measures in various facilities and reassessing the epidemiological situation every 14 days. He affirmed the need for state institutions to set immediate penalties for violators of these measures.

As yet, the number of COVID-19 cases in Egypt reached 10,413 patients and 556 deaths, according to the ministry’s official data. Meanwhile, the number of those who recovered from the virus registered 2,980 people.



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5/14/2020 2:34:50 PM
<![CDATA[Factories to adopt approved specifications for mask production: PM]]>
In a meeting with the ministers of health, higher education and military production, Madbouli followed up on the state’s efforts to curb the spread of the novel virus and ensure the provision of medical supplies inside the hospitals that receive coronavirus patients.

Concerning masks, Minister of Military Production Mohamed el Assar said the military factories are working on increasing their masks' output, which will likely reach 4.5 million masks per day by the end of May.

This comes while the Ministry of Health has released its “dynamic coexistence” with coronavirus, which is based on governing and managing the crisis, organizing the provision of medical services, preserving and redistributing human resources, highlighting mechanisms to keep medicine and medical equipment available, training medical staff and spreading awareness.

The Health Ministry on Wednesday said 338 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,431, amid calls for imposing a total curfew during the coming weeks.

The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.

Egypt has reported a remarkable drop in the daily coronavirus cases, according to the official figures provided by the ministry, compared to the earlier few days. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.]]>
5/14/2020 2:31:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt condemns Afghanistan attacks, stresses rejection of violence]]>
The two attacks caused the death of dozens of people including mothers and newborn babies. The Taliban, which claims responsibility for most of the violent acts in the country has denied any involvement in both attacks, Reuters reported.

The ministry’s statement conveyed Egypt’s sincere condolences to the government and people of Afghanistan as well as the families of the victims and wished the injured people a speedy recovery.

The statement also affirmed “Egypt’s rejection to all forms of terrorism, violence and extremism” and stressed its solidarity with Afghanistan during this “painful” situation.

In Kabul, the attack took place on Tuesday when gunmen attacked a hospital killing 24 people. On the same day, 22 others were killed in a suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) in Nangarhar.

Also, at least five people were killed in a blast in Gardez city in eastern Afghanistan, when a truck packed with explosives blew up near a court. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has denounced the attack and ordered the army to turn from defensive to offensive stance in face of these assaults, causing a setback to the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which have been sponsored by the US administration.

Tens of thousands of civilians and other personnel have been killed since violence erupted in the Asian country after the September 11 attacks in 2011 carried out by terrorist Al-Qaeda group in the US, killing almost 3,000 people. The US then ousted the Taliban from power.

In February, the US and the Taliban signed an agreement in order for the US to withdraw its troops after a long war in Afghanistan.]]>
5/14/2020 1:42:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians to use smart card to access all transport means: Minister]]>
The project aims to link the three metro lines with the electric train, private buses and some public transport lines (1,600 buses set to enter the system), besides integrating railways and the monorail into the system, so that commuters can use all transport means with a unified ticket and the smart card.

The minister further discussed the plan set for the project management and operation, including different stages of preparation, launching, offering, implementation and operation.

The minister signaled the importance of the project for its expected big returns for the state, transport services operators and citizens, in upgrading the service provided by different means of transportation, and enhancing the competitive advantage of the transportation system.

The project aims to contribute to easing the citizens’ transport and reduce the need to queue outside ticket booths.

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5/14/2020 11:00:33 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian doctor who lost eyesight while working at quarantine hospital to be treated at state's expense]]>
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli decreed that everything needed by Doctor Mahmoud Samy to recover be provided at no cost of his, hailing him as a “hero” for working against Covid-19 in a quarantine hospital.

“We had 30-40 [Covid-19] cases transferred to us from Embaba Fevers [Hospital] in a day. We worked so much and wearing the protective gear affected us,” Samy told Egypt Today Wednesday at Kafr el-Sheikh Chest Hospital.

“Stress, anxiety and fear... all the incoming cases were frightening,” he said, also citing wearing protective gear for extended periods.

Samy worked at fevers hospitals in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, the Delta, and was assigned to work at the quarantine hospital in Baltim, a north coast resort in the governorate. He worked there under extreme pressure for 11 days before he lost his eyesight.

He is now at an Alexandria hospital and is being contacted to be transferred to Ain Shams Specialized Hospital, French Qasr al-Aini hospital or any other hospital of his choice, according to a cabinet statement.



Samy was not a patient of high blood pressure but working under pressure at a quarantine hospital gave him a headache and extreme shortness of breath, he told MBC Masr on Wednesday.

He thought he was infected with the novel coronavirus and had a chest scan, but then he lost consciousness. He later tested negative for Covid-19. Surgical intervention may be required to remedy his eyes, he continued.

The doctor lost consciousness at about 9 p.m. on “a Friday or Thursday,” as he could not fully remember when exactly. He woke up in the afternoon the following day, noticing that he could not see.

Before dusk on May 7, Samy felt short of breath and had a headache. He waited in his room at Baltim Hospital until after dusk to perhaps feel better, but the two symptoms only exacerbated.

“I felt like someone was drowning me, dying. To the extent that I felt like throwing myself out of the window on the third floor. That bad, I could not take it,” Samy said. He asked for help from his roommate, a hepatologist, who took him downstairs to do a CT scan on his lungs.

Samy was told his lungs were OK. After he got out of the scanning room, he lost consciousness.

Several hours passed after his collapse as his colleagues sterilized an electrocardiogram to check the condition of his heart, and after that the machine did not work. They did the same with a monitor, consuming more hours. He was given drugs to lower his blood pressure at extremely high doses, but they increased the risk of clots, he claimed. However, he also said Baltim Hospital was only prepared to treat Covid-19 patients.

Three hospitals were contacted to admit Samy, but there were no available beds.
He was finally accepted at Kafr el-Sheikh Chest Hospital at dawn but received by three doctors who happen to be his relatives as others were worried that he may be a Covid-19 patient coming from a quarantine hospital. After making several tests, high blood acidity was detected, and he was given the due medications.

When he told the doctors he could not see, they decided to do a CT scan and MRI, but that, too, took a long time, Samy said.

His diagnosis is that the heart attack paired with the lack of fluid in his blood vessels due to the drugs given to lower his blood pressure, in addition to the slow process of diagnosis and treatment, all led to clots in the retinal area.

While he expressed his appreciation for the cadres in the Ministry of Health, he also said the system needs a lot of development, expenditure, coordination, and information sharing.


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5/14/2020 7:00:46 AM
<![CDATA[140 Egyptians arrive from Sudan as Cairo braces for 16K returnees from around the globe]]>
They arrived in Marsa Alam International Airport in southern Egypt and will be quarantined for 14 days.

Egyptian Ambassador in Sudan Hossam Eissa had bidden the nationals farewell at Khartoum International Airport to check on the procedures of bringing them home.
Two flights brought back 212 Egyptians from Khartoum on May 5 and 8. A fourth flight is slated for Tuesday, according to the Middle East News Agency.

Egypt is bracing for the return of more than 16,000 nationals from abroad in the coming period, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said Wednesday. He thanked the relevant ministers for their concerted efforts to fly Egyptians abroad back home and establishing quarantines for them upon their return.

The prime minister admitted that the issue has demanded much effort, especially that the number of returning nationals is much higher compared to other countries.

Civil aviation ceased to operate in Egypt on March 19 to counter the spread of Covid-19. Since then, more than 3,000 Egyptians abroad have returned home, according to the Ministry of Emigration on May 9.
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5/14/2020 3:53:50 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt cancels procurement fee of Covid-19 medical supplies, rations expenditure]]>
In a Wednesday video conference of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli with his cabinet, the ministers discussed the updates of the anti-pandemic efforts.

The Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement and Medical Supplies is the beneficiary of the exemption, as it is the entity that supplies quarantines and hospitals that treat Covid-19 patients with their relevant needs.

On March 30, the Ministry of Trade obliged Egyptian companies producing and importing medical supplies (protective suits, Latex gloves, surgical and N95 masks, protective glasses) to supply their products and stocks to the authority for three months.

Madbouli thanked the relevant ministers for their concerted efforts to fly Egyptians abroad back home and establishing quarantines for them upon their return.

He admitted that the issue has demanded much effort, especially that the number of returning nationals is much higher compared to other countries. He noted that more than 16,000 are expected to return to Egypt in the coming period.

Amid speculations on whether or not Egypt will open the economy after the holy month of Ramadan, Madbouli asked the ministers to ration the government’s expenditure, but also highlighted Moody’s report on Egypt’s credit rating, which was maintained at B2 with a stable outlook despite the economic repercussions of the pandemic.

Earlier in April, Standard and Poor’s also maintained Egypt’s BB long and short term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings with a stable outlook on the future of the economy.
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5/14/2020 2:59:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Medical Syndicate calls for allocating quarantine hospitals for health workers]]>
In a message sent to the ministry, the syndicate explained that it received several notes from doctors and health workers, affirming that quarantine hospitals are overcrowded with patients, which accordingly delays the hospitalization of the newly announced cases.

In their warning call, the doctors demanded naming specific hospitals only for the quarantine of infected cases among medical teams, opening new facilities for receiving new cases and preparing a number of non-treatment quarantine places, such as University dormitories or hotels.

Egypt saw a surge in the daily number of coronavirus cases over the past days, reporting a total of 10,093 infected cases and 544 deaths, according to the Health Ministry’s daily briefing on Tuesday.

"The syndicate announced on May 1, that it does not have accurate figures for doctors who have tested positive, but according to the latest figures obtained from the syndicate’s branches nationwide, 90 doctors were infected," said Ihab Taher, secretary-general of the Doctors' Syndicate.

"The World Health Organization said in a report on April 13 that the infected medical staff represents 13 percent of the total cases in Egypt," Taher added.

However, on May 10, the syndicate announced that 50 health workers at a hospital inCairo were tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 35 were found to be positive.

On April 28, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered providing all the needed medical supplies to the quarantine and isolation hospitals all over the country.

According to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady, Sisi followed up with latest updates regarding the workflow inside of the isolation hospitals via a video conference meeting with number of the hospitals' directors.

Sisi described the hospitals as one of the state’s main pillars to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. He expressed appreciation and pride regarding the huge efforts made by the medical staff working in these hospitals during such exceptional time.



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5/13/2020 8:57:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Physical Therapy Syndicate reports 1st coronavirus death]]>
Abdel Nasser Hassan, head of the syndicate’s branch in Upper Egypt’s Luxor and the former head of Luxor General Hospital died after he tested positive for coronavirus a week ago and was moved to the intensive care unit three days ago after his condition deteriorated, Ahmed Ezat, a top official at the syndicate said.

Doctor, nurse die from coronavirus as Egypt sees surge in positive cases

CAIRO - 10 May 2020: The Egyptian Medical Syndicate has mourned the death of a doctor who died on Friday night from coronavirus, after having a contact with a COVID-19 positive patient. This makes him the ninth doctor to die from the novel virus in the northeastern African country.



This comes after Sami Saad, the head of the syndicate, announced donating LE 250,000 ($15,871) to the Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt), a donation-based national fund, to participate in the state’s anti-coronavirus efforts.

This comes as 338 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,431, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, amid calls for imposing a total curfew during the coming weeks.

The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.
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5/13/2020 6:39:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt reports 338 new coronavirus cases, lowest in 10 days]]>
The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.

Age group 30-49 has highest recovery rate: Health Min.

CAIRO - 13 May 2020: Patients between the ages of 30 to 39 had the highest number of cases who recovered from coronavirus, represented in 318 cases, followed by 288 people in the age group between 40 to 49, said Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed on Wednesday.




Egypt has reported a remarkable drop in the daily coronavirus cases, according to the official figures provided by the ministry, compared to the earlier few days. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

The state may have to take tougher measures to face the increase in coronavirus cases, including enacting a total curfew, Egyptian President’s Health Affairs Advisor Mohamed Tag El-Din said on Sunday evening.

The government is reviewing all relevant procedures in order to protect people and economy, he told Hadrat Al-Mowaten program on Al-Hadath Al-Youm channel.

Tag El-Din called on citizens to avoid large gatherings and follow the preventive procedures announced by the government. He warning people of the fact that coronavirus is very infectious, saying this is the reason behind the surge in number of cases during the last few days.

The number of cases will likely rise, Tag El-Din added.]]>
5/13/2020 6:07:07 PM
<![CDATA[Age group 30-49 has highest recovery rate: Health Min.]]>
This comes while Egypt has reported a drop in the daily coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, according to the official figures provided by the ministry, compared to the earlier few days. On Tuesday, the ministry said it recorded 347 new cases, bringing the total number to 10,093.

The average number of days patients spend at quarantine is 11.6 days, Zayed said in a ministerial meeting headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

She added that the financial cost of flights bringing Egyptian people stranded abroad, whose passengers are quarantined as an obligatory procedure, between May 3 to 9 is around LE 28 million ($1.78 million). The measures included medical services and PCR tests.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

The minister also reviewed the state’s plan to continue providing medical services to the coronavirus patients. This plan is based on governing and managing the crisis, organizing the provision of medical services, preserving and redistributing human resources, highlighting mechanisms to keep medicine and medical equipment available, training medical staff and spreading awareness.

On Tuesday, Egypt has recorded 11 deaths due to coronavirus, which raises the total deaths to 544, according to the ministry’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 2,811, including 2,326 people who recovered from the virus.

"All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals," the spokesman said.]]>
5/13/2020 5:38:24 PM
<![CDATA[Work to resume at Egyptian courts after Eid al-Fitr]]>
Among these measures are determining the number of attendees of each hearing in accordance with the size and the capacity of the room hosting the hearing; leaving a safe distance between people; judges, lawyers, litigants and employees will wear medical masks and the venue will be cleansed daily.

On May 16, work at Cairo Court of Appeal will resume as per a decision to start work at different departments as of the second week of May.

Cairo criminal courts will resume work on May 17 after a 45-day hiatus due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), as per a decision by Chairperson of Cairo Court of Appeals Badry Abdel Fattah

More than 8,000 lawsuits were adjourned over this period, including a large number of pending cases, with several defendants on remand.

Since May 1, the criminal courts have started exceptionally for only two days a week to consider time-sensitive cases.

On March 15, 2020, Egypt’s judicial institutions suspended court trials nationwide due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Justice.

Egypt recorded new 346 cases of COVID-19 cases on May 11 after it reached the highest figure (495 cases) at the beginning of this week, according to the Ministry of Health’s daily briefing.


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5/13/2020 2:47:01 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. welcomes IMF emergency financial assistance approval for Egypt]]>
"We welcome the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s approval of almost $2.8 billion Rapid Financing Instrument to support Egypt’s balance of payment needs during this worldwide period of economic uncertainty. The United States supported Egypt's request and will continue to partner with Egypt to support the country's economic development.” - Ambassador Jonathan Cohen said in a statement.

On May 11, The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Egypt's financial package request to enhance the state’s capabilities to face the new COVID-19 virus crisis.

“The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Egypt’s request for emergency financial assistance of SDR 2,037.1 million (US$ 2.772 billion, 100 percent of quota) under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) to meet the urgent balance of payments needs stemming from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Purchase under the RFI entails exceptional access due to outstanding credit under the previous extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility.” IMF stated in the statement.

It added that: ”Egypt achieved a remarkable turnaround prior to the COVID-19 shock, carrying out a successful economic reform program supported by the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) to correct large external and domestic imbalances. The pandemic and global shock pose an immediate and severe economic disruption that could negatively impact Egypt’s hard-won macroeconomic stability if not addressed. The authorities have launched a comprehensive package to contain the economic impact of the COVID-19 shock. The RFI will help alleviate some of the most pressing financing needs, including for spending on health, social protection, and supporting the most impacted sectors and vulnerable groups.”

IMF statement on Egypt's emergency financial assistance approval

Washington/CAIRO - 11 May 2020: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Monday Egypt's financial package request to enhance the state's capabilities to face the new COVID-19 virus crisis.






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5/13/2020 2:41:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Cabinet follows up return of Egyptians stranded abroad]]>
During the meeting, Madbouli followed up the file of the Egyptians stranded abroad, saying that the government will return more than 16,000 during this period.

Madbouli said that the state has taken all measures to provide the returnees with places to spend their quarantine in.]]>
5/13/2020 2:00:58 PM
<![CDATA[311 Egyptians return from Canada as Cairo continues to help stranded nationals]]>
The returnees who came from Toronto were examined at the airport in southern Cairo before being transferred to the quarantines established by the authorities to spend 14 days in isolation. The quarantine is usually held in hotels and university dormitories and has been generally praised by the people who have returned.

Egyptians flying back home may amount to 16,000 in the upcoming period, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said in a video conference with the members of his cabinet on Wednesday.

Civil aviation ceased to operate in Egypt in March 19 to counter the spread of Covid-19. Since then, more than 3,000 Egyptians abroad have returned home, according to the Ministry of Emigration on May 9. As many as 5,300 Egyptians were in the process of being evacuated from Kuwait alone, Makram said May 5.

Egypt also helped evacuate thousands of tourists in a move applauded by the governments of the U.K., Italy and Mexico.

The Egyptian authorities have exceptionally flown stranded Egyptians from various countries across the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, Rwanda, Chad and Niger.

In an online conference with some Egyptian businesspeople abroad, Minister of Planning Hala el-Said and Minister of Emigration Nabila Makra discussed means to reintegrate returning Egyptians into the economy and benefit from their experience by offering investment opportunities.

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5/13/2020 1:48:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Healthcare authority publishes second video on anti-coronavirus measures]]>
The videos are part of an initiative dubbed "Weqaya" or protection, which was launched by the authority in cooperation with the UMAMI E-Learning Solutions.

On its Facebook page, the authority announced that it will continue to publish the awareness videos throughout the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The initiative aims at spreading awareness among citizens and healthcare professionals on how to protect themselves against the pathogen, including quarantine and self-isolation measures, the authority said. ]]>
5/13/2020 11:47:41 AM
<![CDATA[Russia's coronavirus cases surge past 240K]]>
Russia is now the second most-affected country in terms of infections and has the world's second-fastest rate of new infections behind the United States.

Ninety-six people died over the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 2,212.]]>
5/13/2020 11:42:52 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan rejects Ethiopian proposal of “partial agreement” on GERD]]>
The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok has previously rejected the Ethiopian proposal sent to Egypt and Sudan on April 10 through an official letter sent to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last month.

The statement said that any partial agreement is out of the discussion as there are several technical and legal issues that must be included as per coordination mechanisms, exchanged data, and the safety of the giant hydropower dam and its ecological and social impact.

The statement quoted Sudan's chief negotiator Hamad Saleh, “Most of the issues are under negotiation, the most important of which is the coordination mechanism, data exchange, dam safety and environmental and social impacts closely related not only to the first filling, but to all stages of filling and long-term operation, and therefore cannot be fragmented.”

Hamdok asserted in his letter the importance of realizing a tripartite agreement between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, adding that reaching a comprehensive agreement can only be achieved through an immediate resumption of negotiations.

Ethiopia rejected in February an agreement mediated by the US on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

In response to the Ethiopian proposal, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi reiterated his country’s “unwavering commitment to concluding a mutually beneficial agreement on the GERD”.

Egypt asserted in a message sent in April to Ethiopia’s Ahmed that any agreement on the GERD must be comprehensive and must regulate the complete process of filling the dam.

Sudan's chief negotiator Hamad Saleh pointed out that his country is moving to resume the negotiations as per the agreement brokered in Washington, adding that his country’s movements could end up the resumption of negotiations.






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5/13/2020 12:49:15 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt receives presidency of the African Group]]>
The African Group one of UN’s five regional groups that includes 54 Member States from the African Continent and is meant to support Africa’s interests in the UN and the other international bodies located in Geneva.

Youssef asserted his country’s support for all the efforts exerted by the African Union (AU) to limit the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Youssef urged the member states of the African Group to boost its support during the coming period to the activities carried out by all the African Nations to prevent the consequences of the current infectious virus.

The Egyptian diplomat urged the member states to prioritize certain issues during talks with the International organizations such as wider access to medical supplies, external debt relief, and providing more support for migrants, refugees, and the internally displaced individuals.
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5/12/2020 11:53:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s MP contracts Coronavirus, Deputy]]>
Wahdan added in press statements that the parliament’s chambers have been sterilized and evacuated according to the Ministry of Health’s instruction to prevent the spread of the infectious virus. He pointed out that the member of parliament will receive the medical treatment offered to any Egyptian citizen.

Egypt recorded during the past 24 hours, 347 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 10,093 and the total deaths to 544 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said, Tuesday, that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 2811, including 2326 people who recovered from the virus.
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5/12/2020 10:02:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s 1st lady praises nursing workers efforts to prevent COVID-19 spread on their int'l day]]>
“These kind hand work, embodies the highest meanings of sacrifice and compassion. They are best aid and support for their country in such difficult circumstances, as they set an example for hard working.” Egypt's First Lady Entissar al Sisi wrote on her social media accounts.

She added that their courage and altruism pushed them to be in the front lines battling to prevent the spread of the virus.




Earlier on Tuesday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi extended his greetings to workers in the nursing field, on International Nurses Day marking May 12.

The president expressed appreciation and respect for nurses on behalf of himself and the Egyptian people for "the precious sacrifices they make in order to fulfill their humanitarian duty honorably and zealously."

The president highlighted that nurses, at this arduous phase, are proving their competence and loyalty towards their homeland and people.

The Nursing Syndicate announced on Tuesday the sixth death among its members because of COVID-19 in addition to 55 infections. The Syndicate's chairwoman, Kawthar Mahmoud, stated that Egypt has 250,000 nurses who offer 70 percent of care to in-patients at medical establishments.

Egypt recorded during the past 24 hours, 347 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 10,093 and the total deaths to 544 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.



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5/12/2020 9:17:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 347 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths during past 24 hours]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said, Tuesday, that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 2811, including 2326 people who recovered from the virus.

All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, the spokesman said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the state of emergency prevailed at Maspero building, the headquarters of the state-run Egyptian Radio and Television Union, after an employee died of the coronavirus.

Rasha Helmy worked at the news department at Maspero. The Media Syndicate board headed by Dr. Tareq Saada confirmed the death of Rasha Helmy, as a result of her infection with the coronavirus.

The board mourned the deceased colleague, "We lost a dear colleague who was a model for commitment to media work ethics.”
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5/12/2020 8:55:35 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Sisi discuss COVID19 updates with Bahraini counterpart King Hamad bin Isa]]>
Radi added that the two leaders also discussed issues related to bilateral relations between Egypt and Bahrain, within the framework of cooperation between the two countries. They shed light on the recent developments regarding number of regional cases.

Sisi and Hamad reviewed the efforts exerted by the two countries to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus. It was also agreed during the call on a joint coordination in this framework through exchanging the best experiences along with enhancing communication between the organizations in the two countries.

On May 7, Sisi issued a decree approving a customs cooperation agreement between Egypt and Bahrain, the official gazette published on Thursday.The agreement was signed in Manama in November 2018.

In November last year, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa underlined keenness of Egypt and Bahrain on enhancing bilateral relations in the different fields.

He also underscored the importance of maintaining coordination regarding regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Also in November, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa hailed his country's strong relations with Egypt and affirmed Bahrain's keenness to continue developing and enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields, in a way that meets the common interests of the peoples of the two sisterly countries, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.




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5/12/2020 8:31:32 PM
<![CDATA[Interior Min. continues disinfection of prisons, police facilities to combat COVID-19 ]]>
The move aims to conduct a periodic survey covering all facilities of the Ministry of the Interior, through deploying preventive medicine crews in the ministry's medical services sector. This comes within the framework of an integrated plan that is implemented to disinfect and sterilize all police facilities to protect the recipients from the consequences of the emerging virus.

Preventive medical crews are supported with the latest sterilization and disinfection equipment and take all preventive and precautionary measures necessary to maintain their safety.

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The purification and sterilization work aims to provide an appropriate healthy environment that ensures the provision of a safe and healthy umbrella to combat the spread of the virus.

In the same context, Lieutenant General Abdel Moneim el-Terras, chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, revealed that the quantitative production of new disinfection gates by the authority’s factories will start next week, after examining the number of requests during the past period.

Terras said that the step comes as per President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s instructions, and the need to intervene to contribute to confronting the coronavirus through different paths, including the disinfection gates, which were manufactured in accordance with WHO’s requirements.

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5/12/2020 6:04:51 PM
<![CDATA[Gov’t displays efforts in medical waste management amid COVID-19 pandemic ]]>
The strategy, according to a statement released by the ministry, includes four main pillars, which are: Efforts for safe disposal of medical waste, a system for dealing with solid waste, monitoring how the environmental system deals with pollution hotspots and environmental awareness.

Minister Yasmine Fouad said that the ministry has checked 1,537 medical facilities to follow up the medical waste management system and safe disposal, adding that the process is being followed by assigned committees in coordination with health directorates and university hospitals.

Fouad emphasized continuous coordination with the ministers of health, population, and higher education and scientific research to implement the policy of correct sorting of waste inside hospitals to reduce the amount of waste produced and safely manage it.

"A total of 68 employees at Health Ministry were trained on the safe disposal mechanism," she said.

She further added that the ministry is coordinating with the ministries of tourism, and sports and youths to manage waste disposal at cities housing students and youths, and hotels allocated to be quarantine.

Regarding solid waste, the ministry has intensified works to control trash lots in Cairo and Giza, and removed a total of 224,881 tons of solid waste and safely disposed it.
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5/12/2020 6:00:31 PM
<![CDATA[2 suspects arrested over counterfeiting of Egyptian banknotes ]]>
The two men are based in Cairo but planned to spread the counterfeit money across the country during the Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid El-Fitr, where purchasing increases. One of them has a criminal record.

The suspects are paid LE200 for counterfeit money worth LE1,000. The police found at their place 120 and 261 counterfeit LE100 and LE200 banknotes, respectively. That is in addition to a laptop having the designs of the counterfeit money.
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5/12/2020 5:53:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Defense Minister holds video-conference meeting with military students]]>
The meeting was also attended by Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid, branch commanders, and other high-ranking commanders.

Such meetings are held regularly to follow up on the educational process, keep in touch with students, and recently, ensure protective measures against COVID-19 are maintained.

The minister delivered the greetings of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Zaki highlighted that youth represent the hope for the country to achieve glory by virtue of their strong willpower, and determination to overcome obstacles.

The general commander asserted that the Egyptian Armed Forces offer all means of capacity-building to young generations entitled to protect and defend the homeland.

The minister held a dialogue with students and faculty as he listened to their views and queries over different challenges facing the Egyptian state currently. The general commander praised their awareness and consciousness of developments that influence Egypt's national security.

The minister pointed out that the Egyptian Armed Forces fulfill its duties par excellence on all strategic fronts to secure the homeland's borders in parallel to supervising the accomplishment of national mega projects and aiding state institutions against the spread of COVID-19.

At the end, the general commander stressed the maintenance of military discipline, physical fitness, technical skills, and self-confidence among students. He also recommended regular reading, and follow-up of updates and developments.

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5/12/2020 5:44:11 PM
<![CDATA[Learn about types of face masks and their effectiveness in preventing coronavirus infection]]>
et presents the types of masks and their effectiveness in protecting against the new coronavirus, according to the Times of India and varsoy healthcare website.

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It should be noted that Egypt recorded 346 new COVID-19 cases on Monday after it reached the highest figure (495 cases) at the beginning of this week, according to the Ministry of Health’s daily briefing on Monday.

The Health Ministry said on Monday that 346 people in Egypt tested positive for COVID-19 and eightpeople died with the novel virus in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,746 and 533 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.
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5/12/2020 4:52:46 PM
<![CDATA[195 Egyptian expats stuck in Kuwait arrive in Cairo on exceptional flight ]]>
The passengers will be screened before their transportation to university dorms where they will be quarantined for 14 days.

On May 5, Egypt launched an air bridge to bring back 5,300 expats in Kuwait who have been staying there illegally after the expiry of their residence. Those are being quarantined in university dorms free of charge.

On May 6 and May 10, 450 and 490 returned, respectively. On each of those days, three flights were operated.

Aviation suspension in Egypt began on March 19, except for domestic and cargo flights. Also, tourists who had arrived before the date were allowed to complete their program, and leave on dates scheduled beforehand.

A number of tourists requested to remain in Egypt as COVID-19 outbreak took its toll on their countries. Hence, Egyptian authorities approved as long as they go through coronavirus tests instructing the travel agencies to ensure the visitors' visas duration is extended by the Ministry of Interior, and informing their respective countries of their desire.

On April 21, the Ministry of Civil Aviation resumed exceptional flights to bring home stranded Egyptians starting with Lebanon.

An exceptional flight carrying 233 stranded Egyptians from UK's Heathrow Airport landed in Marsa Alam on May 10. The passengers are being quarantined in one of the hotels for 14 days after the sterilization of their luggage.

On May 5, the fourth exceptional flight operated from Washington since international aviation was suspended on March 19 arrived bringing home 327 citizens.

On May 8, 190 stranded Egyptians in Chad, Ghana, and South Africa were brought home while 166 others returned from Oman.

On May 1, 288 stranded citizens were brought home from Ethiopia, Oman, Kenya, and Maldives.

On April 28, 148 stranded Egyptians returned from Indonesia and Oman.

On April 27, 141 nationals stuck in Frankfurt were brought home.

On April 26, 234 Egyptians stuck in Thailand and Malaysia returned.

On April 24, a flight carrying 70 Egyptians from Serbia and Greece arrived.
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5/12/2020 4:05:00 PM
<![CDATA[State of emergency at Maspero after employee dies of Corona]]>
Rasha Helmy worked at the news department at Maspero. The Media Syndicate board headed by Dr. Tareq Saada confirmed the death of Rasha Helmy, as a result of her infection with the coronavirus.

The board mourned the deceased colleague, "We lost a dear colleague who was a model for commitment to media work ethics.”


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5/12/2020 4:04:01 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Public Prosecutors' Association to convene Wednesday]]>
In a statement on Tuesday, the Public Prosecution said the meeting aims to exchange expertise and review best practices implemented at the public prosecutions of the member states amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Public prosecutors of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, and Palestine will attend the virtual meeting.]]>
5/12/2020 3:56:43 PM
<![CDATA[WHO: Around 3.5 mn health care workers in Eastern Mediterranean engaged in COVID-19 response]]>2020-05-12 12:50:38 GMT
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CAIRO, May 12 (MENA) - World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmed Al-Mandhari said that around 3.5 million health care workers in the region are directly or indirectly engaged in the COVID-19 response, which has brought to light the massive risks they face.

Today marks 134 days since the first case of COVID-19 was reported from China, and 105 days since the first case was reported from the Eastern Mediterranean region, Al-Mandhari added in a press conference held on Tuesday by the WHO via video conference.

"During this time, almost 4 million people have been infected globally, including almost 300,000 deaths," Al-Mandhari said.

"In our Region, the proportion of infected health care workers varies from 1% to 20%. However, there is no systematic reporting of health care worker infections to WHO, & we believe this number under-represents COVID-19 infections among health workers," he added.

"Data indicates that 90%+ of health workers in our Region become infected with COVID-19 within health facilities where they are exposed to the virus. The average age of health workers infected is 35 years, with infections reported more among females," he pointed out.

"In some cases, health workers are faced with stigma & discrimination as they are accused of being carriers of COVID-19 & are subjected to physical & psychological violence along with the already increased workloads & highly stressful working environment," he said.

To address the different challenges facing health workers, WHO has developed regional guidance identifying strategic actions for policy-makers and managers at the national, sub-national and facility level, he added.

The WHO calls to ensure the well-being, safety and protection of all health care workers, he asserted.]]>
5/12/2020 3:23:08 PM
<![CDATA[WHO: 108 drugs tested for treating COVID-19]]>
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Hajjeh noted that 108 drugs are currently being tested for treatment, eight of them had entered the clinical trial phase, including remdesivir.

The WHO official dismissed reports claiming that the coronavirus is a gas.

Hajjeh pointed out that full protection by applying the precautionary measures is the best remedy.

She also added that only 5 percent of the cases need special medical care, especially patients who have chronic diseases.]]>
5/12/2020 3:21:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt takes care of nationals flown home from abroad : Cabinet media center]]>
The video showed that students' dorms at universities and youth centers are ready to receive the returnees so that they can spend their quarantine period there.

This comes within the state's comprehensive plan to handle the coronavirus outbreak.

The center said that the government has adopted a plan to bring all Egyptian nationals stranded abroad back home and provide for their living and health care during their quarantine period.

The Egyptian returnees thanked the government for its efforts for their repatriation.]]>
5/12/2020 3:19:37 PM
<![CDATA[Latest on the worldwide spread of the new coronavirus]]>
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.

* For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser.

EUROPE
* Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a cautious plan on Monday to get Britain back to work, including advice on wearing home-made face coverings.

* Around 136,000 people in England are currently infected with COVID-19, according to early results from the first large-scale study in Britain into the spread of the disease.

* Total cases in Germany rose by 933 to 170,508 and the death toll rose by 116 to 7,533.

* Deaths in France on Monday were almost four times higher than Sunday and new confirmed cases more than doubled over 24 hours, as the country started unwinding an almost two-month national lockdown.

* Spain’s daily death toll fell on Monday to 123, its lowest level in seven weeks.

* Italy said it would give regions the power to roll back restrictions, in a move that is likely to see most remaining curbs lifted next week.

AMERICAS
* More than 1.35 million people have been infected in the United States and 80,606 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 0503 GMT on Tuesday.

* The White House directed all people entering the West Wing, where the daily operations of President Donald Trump’s administration are carried out, to wear masks.

* California, Oregon, Washington and other states involved in a western states pact to coordinate coronavirus response have asked the federal government for a combined $1 trillion in aid.

* Factory workers began returning to assembly lines in Michigan on Monday, paving the way to reopen the U.S. auto sector but stoking fears of a second wave.

* Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said she would follow a modified self-quarantine plan in case she was exposed to the new coronavirus during a visit to the White House last Wednesday or meetings in Iowa with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday.

* The chief of the U.S. National Guard tested negative, in his second negative test since receiving a positive result at a routine screening.

* Twitter Inc TWTR.N will add labels and warning messages on some tweets with disputed or misleading information about COVID-19.

* Brazil reported 5,632 new cases and 396 additional deaths, bringing the national tally at 168,331 and 11,519 deaths. President Jair Bolsonaro declared gyms and hair salons as essential services that can stay open.

* Mexico confirmed 1,305 new cases and 108 additional fatalities, while Chile has surpassed 30,000 cases.

* Panama announced plans to begin a phased reopening of its economy this week, including e-commerce, mechanical workshops and fishing.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* China reported just one new case for May 11, down from 17 a day earlier. The total case tally now stands at 82,919 and death toll remained unchanged at 4,633.

* The Bank of Japan will do “whatever it can” to mitigate the growing fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said.

* India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country would look to ease its nearly seven-week lockdown.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* The International Monetary Fund approved Egypt’s request for $2.77 billion in emergency financing.

* Senegal announced the re-opening of mosques and churches and easing of other restrictions, even as the largest one-day jump in cases was recorded on Monday.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

* Asian shares skidded on growing worries about a second wave of coronavirus infections after the Chinese city where the pandemic originated reported its first new cases since its lockdown was lifted.

* China’s factory prices fell at the sharpest rate in four years in April.]]>
5/12/2020 2:32:38 PM
<![CDATA[France extends state of emergency through July 10]]>
The state of emergency law gives the government the power to enforce measures to avoid a second Covid-19 peak, reports CNN.

France has been in a state of emergency since March 17 and the new law extends this through July 10.

The law gives the state the power to enforce measures like restricting travel to within 100 kilometers (62 miles) from home, making masks mandatory on public transport, and banning gatherings of more than 10 people.

The bill passed through parliament this weekend and was reviewed by the Constitutional Court on Monday.

The court removed some provisions, such as allowing the government to mandate quarantine for overseas travelers without a judge's order. It also reinforced privacy protections around the personal data that would be collected in a tracing system that has yet to be developed.

France has reported 177,547 total Covid-19 cases and 26,646 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.]]>
5/12/2020 2:26:02 PM
<![CDATA[AWO calls for enhancing mechanisms of protecting nurses]]>
In a statement released on the occasion of the International Nurses Day, the organization saluted all the nurses who work on the frontlines against the coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic gave the chance to shed light on the nursing profession and its moral qualities, AWO added.]]>
5/12/2020 2:23:07 PM
<![CDATA[China calls for coronavirus vigilance, warns against complacency]]>
In the past two weeks, new cases have been reported in seven provinces, including Hubei, the original epicentre of the outbreak late last year.

On Monday, Wuhan, capital of Hubei, reported its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the city was lifted a month ago.

The reappearance of clusters suggested that counter-epidemic measures could not be relaxed, Mi Feng, spokesman at the National Health Commission, told a media briefing.

While prevention and control efforts had normalised, that did not mean measures could be eased, Mi said.

As of Monday, mainland China had 115 current confirmed cases, while 5,470 people were under medical observation for signs of novel coronavirus infection.

A major worry is asymptomatic cases - people who show no clinical signs of infection but spread the virus. The number of such cases is not known as they only appear on the radar of health authorities when they show up in tests.

In Beijing, where just 13 cases are still being treated, health authorities also warned against complacency.

“Even after the 13 patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospital, that does not mean there is zero risk afterwards,” Lei Haichao, head of the Beijing Health Commission, told a media briefing.

Beijing was among the few places in China that upheld strict rules on screening, testing and quarantine. It even stopped all international flights from landing in the city directly.

But now China has to strike a balance between maintaining a degree of public health control and easing restrictions where it is deemed safe to do so and returning society and the economy to some state of normalcy.

“The sealing of the city was once an extremely effective method for us in dealing with the epidemic, but now we need to find a balance between economic recovery and epidemic prevention and control,” Lei said.

The government has allowed cinemas, museums and other recreational venues across the country to gradually reopen, a move welcome by a virus-hit services sector.

But performance venues must keep their operating capacity at no more than 30%, the China Culture Administration Association said.

The operating capacity of internet bars and entertainment venues should be capped at less than 50%, it said.

Shanghai Disneyland reopened on Monday for the first time in three months, but restricted daily visitor numbers to 20% of capacity.

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5/12/2020 2:17:40 PM
<![CDATA[UK's COVID-19 death toll tops 38,000, worst in Europe]]>
Figures published by the Office for National Statistics for England and Wales brought the United Kingdom’s official death toll to 38,289 as of May 3 — up nearly 6,000 in the space of a week, according to a Reuters tally of death registrations data that also includes Scotland and Northern Ireland.

While different ways of counting make comparisons with other countries difficult, the figure confirmed Britain was among those hit worst by a pandemic that has killed more than 285,000 worldwide.

The data came a day after Johnson set out a gradual plan to get Britain back to work, including advice on wearing home-made face coverings — though his attempt to lift the coronavirus lockdown prompted confusion.

Such a high UK death toll increases the pressure on Johnson: opposition parties say he was too slow to impose a lockdown, too slow to introduce mass testing and too slow to get enough protective equipment to hospitals.

The data painted a grim picture in care homes, which have been especially hard hit by the virus.

“Care homes (are) showing the slowest decline, sadly,” ONS statistician Nick Stripe told BBC TV.

“For the first time that I can remember, there were more deaths in total in care homes than there were in hospitals in that week.”

Care homes now account for a third of all COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales.

A Reuters Special Report published last week showed care homes bore the brunt of policy designed to shield its hospitals from COVID-19, leaving many of the weakest exposed.

Unlike the daily death toll announced by the government, Tuesday’s figures include suspected deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

In March, Britain’s chief scientific adviser said keeping deaths below 20,000 would be a “good outcome”. In April, Reuters reported that the government’s worst case scenario was a death toll of 50,000.

SICK MAN OF EUROPE?

Even after adjusting for population, Britain still ranks among the countries worst affected by the pandemic, a list that includes Belgium, Spain and Italy.

In Italy, the next worst-hit country in Europe and whose population is about 90% of Britain’s, the death toll stood at 30,739 as of Monday, according to a measure based solely on confirmed cases rather than suspected cases.

Broadly comparable British data on Monday showed 32,065 deaths.

Ministers dislike comparisons of the headline death toll because Britain’s performance in part reflects the fact that it has been quicker to publish comprehensive data on COVID-19 deaths than other European countries.

They say excess mortality - the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year - is more meaningful because it is internationally comparable.

Early evidence, though, suggests Britain is faring badly on that front too.

So far this year, there have been more than 50,000 excess deaths compared to a five-year average, ONS statistician Stripe said.

The ONS said deaths from all causes decreased for a second week running as of May 1, but 8,012 more people than average died in the 18th week of 2020.

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5/12/2020 2:15:57 PM
<![CDATA[Russia becomes second hardest-hit country with 230,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases]]>
By this metric the nation is trailing only behind the US, which has had nearly 1.35 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, Russia Today reported.

With 10,899 more coronavirus infections reported across Russia on Tuesday morning, the nation is now the second most-affected in terms of cases, pushing Spain into third place.

At the same time, Russia has relatively few deaths from Covid-19, compared to some other European countries. A total of 107 people died over the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 2,116.

The UK, Italy, Spain, and France have each suffered more than 25,000 deaths, and Germany has had over 7,000.

More than 43,500 patients in Russia have recovered.

The number of the newly recorded Covid-19 cases in the country grew slowly during the early weeks of the outbreak, but has surged recently. The authorities have explained the change is due to a rapid increase in mass testing.]]>
5/12/2020 11:34:07 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi congratulates Iraq’s Prime Minster after gaining parliament trust ]]>
During a phone call, Sisi stressed Egypt's keen and support for Iraq’s security and stability. He also affirmed the close and historical ties that link Egypt and Iraq.

For his part, the Iraqi Prime Minister expressed his gratitude for Sisi’s call, praising the depth and strength of the strategic relations between the two countries.

According to Presidency spokesman Bassam Rady, Kadhimi stressed his keenness to enhance the frameworks of bilateral joint cooperation in various fields between the two countries.

On May 7, The Egyptian Foreign Ministry welcomed the formation of the Iraqi Cabinet led by Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, wishing him success in meeting people’s aspiration.

On Wednesday night, the Iraqi Parliament granted confidence to the Cabinet of Kadhimi after it approved most of his ministerial candidates. Subsequently, he took oath as the new prime minister, to succeed Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, who resigned in the wake of public protests.

In a statement, the ministry wished Kadhimi success in leading the government and achieving people’s aspiration for stability and prosperity.

It also affirmed Egypt’s willingness to work on supporting the Iraqi government to achieve its goals and its keenness to enhance Egyptian-Iraqi cooperation through refreshing bilateral relations in the economic field.

The vote of confidence session was attended by 255 out of 329 parliament members, according to media reports. The Parliament approved 15 ministers, while adjourned vote on the candidates for oil and foreign ministries.

Anti-regime protests in Iraq, which started in October, have resulted in the death of hundreds of Iraqis and forced Abd al-Mahdi to resign.

Iraq’s President Barham Salih then appointed Mohammed Allawi, a former communications minister, and Adnan Al-Zurfi, the head of the country’s intelligence consecutively as prime ministers, but both failed to secure the required support among political blocs inside the parliament.

Taking oath, Kadhimi becomes the first prime minister to form the government in Iraq after Abd Al-Mahdi. However, his incomplete Cabinet will require him to find new candidates for the vacant posts and seek a compromise with political blocs, amid an unprecedented economic crisis caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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5/11/2020 10:00:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Cyprus, Greece condemn Turkey’s military interference in Libya]]>
According to a Monday statement, the Ministers stressed the strategic importance of enhancing and intensifying their political consultations, and commended the outcome of the Cairo meeting on January 8th, 2020, for enhancing security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, and expressed their deepest concern over the current escalation and continuous provocative actions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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The Ministers also denounced the ongoing Turkish illegal activities in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone and its territorial waters, as they represent a clear violation of international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is the sixth attempt by Turkey in less than a year to illegally conduct drilling operations in Cyprus’ maritime zones.

During their meeting, the Ministers also condemned the escalation of Turkey’s violations of the Greek national airspace, including over flights of inhabited areas and territorial waters in violation of International Law. Furthermore, the Ministers condemned the instrumentalization of civilians by Turkey in an attempt to illegally cross Greek land borders as well as its continued support for illegal crossings of Greek sea boundaries.
They urged Turkey to fully respect the sovereignty and the sovereign rights of all States in their maritime zones in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Ministers reiterated that the Memorandum of Understanding on the Delimitation of the Maritime Jurisdiction Areas in the Mediterranean, and the Memorandum of Understanding on Security and Military Cooperation signed in November 2019 between Turkey and Fayez El Saraj, are respectively in contravention of international law and the UN arms embargo in Libya, and that both undermine regional stability. The Ministers recalled that the Memorandum of Understanding on the delimitation of maritime jurisdictions in the Mediterranean Sea infringes upon the sovereign rights of third States, does not comply with the Law of the Sea and cannot produce any legal consequences for third States.

The Ministers deeply regretted the escalation of hostilities in Libya and recalled the commitment to refrain from any military foreign intervention in Libya as agreed in the conclusions of the Berlin conference. In this regard, the Ministers strongly condemned Turkey’s military interference in Libya, and urged Turkey to fully respect the UN arms embargo, and to stop the influx of foreign fighters from Syria to Libya. These developments constitute a threat to the stability of Libya’s neighbours in Africa as well as in Europe.

The Ministers called on the Libyan parties to observe a truce during the holy month of Ramadan and stressed their commitment to work towards a comprehensive political solution to the Libyan crisis under the auspices of the United Nations, and expressed their keenness for the resumption of the meetings of the three tracks of the Berlin process (Political, military, economic and financial). They also agreed to continue their consultations on a regular basis.



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5/11/2020 8:43:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's exports of vegetables and fruits increase to nearly 2.5M tons]]>
He added that citrus exports ranked first, while potatoes ranked second, and onions ranked third, explaining that Egypt was able to achieve overwhelming success in the export of oranges despite the intense competition with Spain.

He said, "Egypt still ranks first in the export of citrus fruits, and we annually export 1.8 million tons of it."

He revealed that the Ministry of Agriculture was able to open four new international markets for the first time since the beginning of January despite the outbreak of the coronavirus and the difficulty of opening new markets,includinga new market of dates in Australia, a market of oranges in New Zealand, a market of citrus in Brazil and a market for potatoes in Mauritius.

The Agriculture Ministry, represented by the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine, continues to expand in new markets within the framework of the efforts to increase agricultural exports following the international export quality standards, and to apply export traceability systems during the stages of agriculture, production, packaging and exportation.
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5/11/2020 8:32:44 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 daily briefing: Egypt records 346 cases, 8 deaths]]>
The Health Ministry on Monday said 346 people in Egypt tested positive for the COVID-19 and 8 people died with the novel virus in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,746 and 533 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.

The test results of 2,655 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,172 people who fully recovered.

Also, 97 cases left hospitals after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).


As Egypt saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

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5/11/2020 6:27:59 PM
<![CDATA[‘Tahya Misr’: New Egyptian order to honor victims of wars, terror attacks]]>
The double-layered order will be granted by the president to nominees approved by the prime minister. Civilian nominees will be sought by the minister of social solidarity, while nominees of the police and army will be picked by the ministers of interior and defense respectively.

The new order consists of six stars; the first three are white, referring to the Egyptian revolutions in 1952, 2011 and 2013, while the next three stars are red, to refer to the country’s wars in 1956, 1967 and 1973.

The latest of these dates mark the June 30 revolution in 2013, when millions of Egyptians took to streets in massive demonstrations, calling for a regime change. Few days later, Sisi, then defense minister, announced ousting President Mohamed Morsi, meeting the revolution’s top demand, by ending the Muslim Brotherhood's year-long rule.

Morsi, 67, died in June this year, from heart attack, according to preliminary medical assessment.

Sisi: June 30 one of greatest days in Egypt's modern history

CAIRO - 30 June 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that the June 30 revolution in 2013 was"one of the greatest days of our modern history," praising Egyptians for rising to preserve their authentic Egyptian identity. Egypt Today is displaying parts of the president's speech.



Sisi in August last year has directed the authorities concerned to set in motion the working mechanisms of a national fund for honoring victims of terrorist attacks and their families, state’s news agency MENA reported.

Sisi gave his directive during a meeting with chairman of the fund's board of directors Maj. Gen. El Said El Ghali.

The president's directive comes in appreciation of the great sacrifices offered by national heroes to protect fellow citizens and deal with national security challenges, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

This also comes amid a surge in terrorist attacks on the country, which started since the ousting of Morsi, including attacks on churches, a mosque and security checkpoints. Since then, dozens of military and police personnel and civilians lost their lives.

Since February 2018, the Egyptian Army has launched a comprehensive offensive against terrorist elements and facilities in various parts of the country, especially in North Sinai.]]>
5/11/2020 4:42:23 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19: Egypt’s deputy speaker urges banning domestic travel on ‘Eid’ holiday]]>
Eid Al-Fitr, based on the sighting of the moon, will likely be celebrated in Egypt starting May 23rd.

Wahdan also called on the government to close all beaches and all roads leading to them.

He also criticized the behavior of some citizens who continue to take part in large gatherings, but said coexistence with the virus is inevitable and citizens should stick to preventive measures.

The Health Ministry on Sunday said 436 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,400 and 525 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.

The test results of 2,556 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,075 people who fully recovered.

Also, 73 cases left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

As Egypt saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

‘Coexistence’ plan

Late, in April, the health minister reviewed the ministry’s plan to fulfill the state’s strategy based on coexistence with the novel virus in the coming period, as the end of the crisis is not yet in sight.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli via video conferencing, the minister noted that the plan is based on following all necessary in various facilities and reassessing the epidemiological situation every 14 days. She affirmed the need for state institutions to set immediate penalties for violators of these measures.

Companies, malls, markets and transportation means will be included in the plan, Zayed said, while affirming that some places that pose a high risk of infection must remain closed. Services in these places should be reached via electronic ways as much as possible, she added.

The minister also referred to some additional public safety procedures in case institutions were opened, including checking the temperature of those entering them, allocating a room inside each institution to isolate any coronavirus suspected cases.

The plan also recommends reducing workers per shift, keeping institutions well-ventilated and reducing the use of air-conditioners whenever possible.]]>
5/11/2020 2:55:17 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian Minister: No new Coronavirus cases reported]]>
In a statement carried out by Wafa News Agency Monday the minister said, cases stand at 547.

The minister said the 16 patients who have recovered raise the total of recovered cases to 367, or 67 percent.

The minister noted that 348 people suspected of having the disease have been ordered to self-isolate, bringing the total to 14, 875, while 47,196 have ended the quarantine.]]>
5/11/2020 2:00:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Immigration ministry launches Facebook page to address Egyptian youth worldwide]]>
The Facebook page URL is: https://www.facebook.com/youngegexpats.

In statements on Monday, Minister of State for Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates' Affairs Nabila Makram stressed the necessity of addressing the second and third-generation expats through this new platform.

This platform aims at promoting the beautiful and real image of Egypt that has not reached yet these new generations of Egyptians living abroad, the minister added.]]>
5/11/2020 1:49:16 PM
<![CDATA[Boris Johnson to release lockdown details as Raab adds to confusion over new rules]]>
The prime minister’s announcement of his "first sketch of a road map" for restarting the economy and social lives in England was criticized as "vague" and "indecisive".

Johnson said the "stay home" slogan would be altered to urge Britons to "stay alert", while businesses, unions and police have called for clarity on the easing of restrictions.

After Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab wrong to say individuals can meet two people at same time, government admits people will only be allowed to meet one of their parents after the lockdown is eased, the government has said in an embarrassing U-turn.

Moments after Dominic Raab suggested it would be possible to meet two people in some circumstances – provided it was in a park, at two metres apart – the public has been told that advice was wrong.

The U-turn comes amid further confusion over the date when staff will be urged to go back to work if they can and whether some pubs could reopen from July. ]]>
5/11/2020 1:38:23 PM
<![CDATA[233 stranded Egyptians in UK brought home ]]>
On April 21, the Ministry of Civil Aviation resumed exceptional flights to bring home stranded Egyptians starting with Lebanon.

On May 5, the fourth exceptional flight operated from Washington since international aviation was suspended on March 19 arrived bringing home 327 citizens.

On May 8, 190 stranded Egyptians in Chad, Ghana, and South Africa were brought home while 166 others returned from Oman.

On May 1, 288 stranded citizens were brought home from Ethiopia, Oman, Kenya, and Maldives.

On April 28, 148 stranded Egyptians returned from Indonesia and Oman.

On April 27, 141 nationals stuck in Frankfurt were brought home.

On April 26, 234 Egyptians stuck in Thailand and Malaysia returned.

On April 24, a flight carrying 70 Egyptians from Serbia and Greece arrived.

On May 5, Egypt launched an air bridge to bring back 5,300 expats in Kuwait who have been staying there illegally after the expiry of their residence. Those are being quarantined in university dorms free of charge.

On May 6 and May 10, 450 and 490 returned, respectively. On each of those days, three flights were operated.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi noted in April that around 3,500 Egyptians are still stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances."

Aviation suspension in Egypt began on March 19, except for domestic and cargo flights. Also, tourists who had arrived before the date were allowed to complete their program, and leave on scheduled dates beforehand.

A number of tourists requested to remain in Egypt as COVID-19 outbreak took its toll on their countries. Hence, Egyptian authorities approved as long as they go through coronavirus tests instructing the travel agencies to ensure the visitors' visas duration is extended by the Ministry of Interior, and informing their respective countries of their desire.
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5/11/2020 1:28:46 PM
<![CDATA[Chinese amb: Egyptian-Chinese cooperation to curb Covid19]]>
In a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy Monday the ambassador said China handed over to Egypt the second batch of medical assistance supplies, adding that the third batch is expected to arrive soon.

The Chinese diplomat reiterated his country's support of all economic and social development efforts in Egypt, the statement added.

Egypt and China are set to celebrate the 64th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations this month.]]>
5/11/2020 12:51:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt may enact total curfew if required: Presidential advisor]]>
The government is reviewing all relevant procedures in order to protect people and economy, he told Hadrat Al-Mowaten program on Al-Hadath Al-Youm channel.

Tag El-Din called on citizens to avoid large gatherings and follow the preventive procedures announced by the government. He warning people of the fact that coronavirus is very infectious, saying this is the reason behind the surge in number of cases during the last few days.

The number of cases will likely rise, Tag El-Din added.

He said earlier that around a million people who came in contact with coronavirus positive patients are being tested, noting that the capital Cairo and Alexandria have the largest number of cases in the country, due to large gatherings.

The Health Ministry on Sunday said 436 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,400 and 525 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.

The test results of 2,556 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,075 people who fully recovered.

Also, 73 cases left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

As Egypt saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi late in April urged the medical staff to commit more to the preventive measures and the sterilization process amid the crisis, and paid tribute to the efforts of the medical sector.

As the president attended the opening of a number of national projects east of the Suez Canal, he also urged Egyptians to stick to the preventive measures against coronavirus in order to avoid tougher scenarios.

“If we have achieved success during the past period, we don’t want to lose what we have done during the next few weeks,” Sisi said, referring to the efforts to limit the spread of novel virus.

He also urged the citizens to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings, warning that the state may have to take tougher measures in case the coronavirus crisis developed.

The world and Egypt are facing an "invisible enemy," Sisi said, adding that Egyptian people should be proud of those who are working to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.]]>
5/11/2020 12:33:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt reports 436 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths]]>
This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,400 and 525 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.

The test results of 2,556 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,075 people who fully recovered.

Also, 73 cases left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

As Egypt saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

Around a million people who came in contact with coronavirus positive patients are being tested, a presidential advisor said on Saturday, affirming that infected people are quarantined to avoid them from infecting others who can show severe symptoms, especially those who suffer from chronic diseases.

In a telephone interview with Iman Al-Hossari on dmc channel, Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Tag El-Din urged citizens to stick to the preventive measures in order to avoid any increase in coronavirus cases during the coming period, noting that the capital Cairo and Alexandria have the largest number of cases in the country, due to large gatherings.]]>
5/10/2020 6:26:18 PM
<![CDATA[China ‘returns favor,’ hands Egypt medical aid: Amb. ]]>
The shipment includes 10,000 N95 respirator masks, 10,000 protective suits, 70,000 DNA detectors, Ambassador Liao Liqiang said in a Twitter post.

“China and Egypt are good friends,” Liqiang said. “China supports the Egyptian efforts to combat [corona]virus and is confident that Egypt will overcome it soon.”



“Egypt has provided firm support to China in a crucial stage for its fight against coronavirus. Now, China has contained the epidemic and has provided aid to Egypt to the best of its ability to return the favor,” he said.

“China will provide further aid to Egypt in the future,” Liqiang added.

In the seventh press conference on efforts deployed to face coronavirus, Liqiang stated that his country had sent Egypt 20,000 N95 masks, 10,000 medical protective suits, and 10,000 test kits.

The ambassador announced that a second batch will arrive on April 21 consisting of 10,000 N95 masks and 10,000 medical protective suits, and that a massive third batch is being coordinated with the Egyptian government. That batch will encompass 150,000 masks, a million masks for medical staff, 70,000 medical protective suits, 70,000 COVID-19 test kits, and 1,000 thermometer guns.

Liqiang revealed in the conference held virtually that later on Sunday medical aids will be handed over to university hospitals affiliated to Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The aids are 100,000 masks, 15,000 N95 masks, 1,200 COVID-19 test kits, and medical protective suits.]]>
5/10/2020 6:14:34 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Catholic Synod extends suspension of masses nationwide]]>
"Masses at the churches will be performed by the church pastor and only two or three deacons with the absence of the churchgoers," the statement said, noting that marriage ceremonies will be attended only by the bride, the groom, and six guests.

Meanwhile, baptism ceremonies will be attended by the parents and only four people besides the deacon and the servant.

On May 1, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, his Holiness Pope Tawadros II, decided to allow marriage prayers, known as the “sacrament of marriage,” to take place in churches and homes during the Holy Fifties period, while setting a condition for the number of the attendees.

The Coptic Church said in an official statement that the newlyweds will write a declaration that the attendees should not exceed six with one priest and one deacon; all the precautionary measures to prevent COVID-19 spread should be taken.]]>
5/10/2020 5:49:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian returnees from Kuwait to be quarantined in Cairo Uni. dormitories]]>
In a phone call to “My Responsibility” talk show on Sada al-Balad T.V. channel on Saturday evening, Giza Governor Ahmed Rashed said that some Egyptian returnees are already in the Giza-based Cairo University dormitories.

It is scheduled that more Egyptian expats will be quarantined in the on-campus houses in the coming two days, for the total number of quarantined returnees to reach 1,500 expats.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait, South Sudan, and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad due to the coronavirus outbreak, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite the "hard circumstances".

Egypt has suspended flight movement since March 19, except for cargo flights, internal flights, ambulance flights and charter flights to enable tourists’ return.

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5/10/2020 5:43:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Village of Shanshur on lockdown due to COVID-19]]>
It has been reported that 15 people tested positive for the virus in the village, where a 24-hour curfew was imposed by a decision from Governor Ibrahim Ahmed Abu Leimoun on Saturday.

All shops in the village were closed except for groceries, pharmacies, and butcher shops.

In mid-April, a 14-day lockdown was placed on the Egyptian village of Al-Agami, where 500 families were quarantined after six villagers tested positive for the COVID-19 in Biyala city of Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, Egypt’s Delta.

Previously, three Egyptian villages were quarantined after a number of local residents tested positive for the virus. On April 14, Saft Trab village near Al-Mahala Al-Kubra City at Gharbeya governorate was quarantined for two weeks after 18 infections were recorded.

On April 7, Moatamadeya village in Giza governorate was quarantined after nine infections had been identified.

On April 1, El-Hayatem Village in Gharbiya governorate was quarantined after eight cases tested positive to Covid-19, including a worker who contacted more than 100 persons in the village.

As yet, the number of the COVID-19 cases in Egypt reached 8,964 patients, including 2002 recovered cases, while the mortality rate rose to 514, according to the official data of the Egyptian Ministry of Health.]]>
5/10/2020 5:40:40 PM
<![CDATA[What to know about expansion plan of Greater Cairo's metro in FY2020/2021]]>
As such, the number of customers served is expected to rise to 920,000 from 900,000 estimated in FY2019/2020, and 810,000 in FY2018/2019.

The length of new metro lines was 5.15 kilometers in FY2018/2019, and the number of added stations was three. In the current fiscal year, the figures are estimated at 5.15 kilometers and five stations.

The number of trips recorded in FY2018/2019 is 556,000. The figure estimated in the current fiscal year is 570,000, and is expected to be the same.

By 2030, Greater Cairo will have six metro lines. The third of them is still being accomplished.

Minister of Transportion Kamel el Wazir made on May 3 an inspection tour of the subway stations under-construction as part of the 4th phase of Cairo Metro Line 3.

During his tour, Wazir followed up the finishing touches in progress before the line comes into operation upon receiving the equipment necessary for its test run to ensure operational safety before officially putting it into service.

The minister began his tour at El Nozha station where he inspected ticket counters, entry and exit gates, fire alarm systems and escalators.

He also followed up the latest progress in establishing Cairo Metro Line 3 workshop built over 65 feddans to be the largest of its kind in the Middle East and Africa.

The workshop will have a massive garage housing 15 double-lanes with a total capacity of 30 trains.

Wazir underscored the importance of adhering to anti-coronavirus precautionary measures, including disinfection operations at work sites and regularly checking workers' temperatures by digital thermometers before and after working hours.

Additional contribution by MENA
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5/10/2020 5:19:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt traces 1 million coronavirus contacts: presidential advisor]]>
This comes as Egypt saw a surge in the daily number of coronavirus cases over the past two days, reporting a total of 8,964 cases and 514 deaths since the crisis started, according to the latest figures announced on Saturday.

In a telephone interview with Iman Al-Hossari on dmc channel, Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Tag El-Din urged citizens to stick to the preventive measures in order to avoid any increase in coronavirus cases during the coming period, noting that the capital Cairo and Alexandria have the largest number of cases in the country, due to large gatherings.

Egyptian state works on avoiding increase in coronavirus cases: presidential advisor

CAIRO - 8 May 2020: The number of coronavirus cases in Egypt is high but does not constitute a high risk as the curve grows "horizontally," said Mohamed Tag El-Deen, the president's advisor to the health affairs, meaning that the number increases gradually.



One million tests have been conducted so far, including 100,000 PCR tests, a tool that detects a virus's genetic material, Tag El-Deen said in another interview with Al-Qahera Al-Aan on Al-Hadath.

"As long as the figures increase, it means that there is a real expected increase, people are starting to go for testing and that the Ministry of Health has started to trace contacts,” he stated.

“As long as the method of detection improves, this means that we are on the right track.”

“We expect this increase,” he said. “When we reach a fixed number within several days, the numbers will start to decrease and we will know that we passed the peak of the crisis.”

Concerning hospitals amid the increasing number of cases, Tag El-Din said quarantine hospitals are not yet full and there are hospitals that have not been used yet.

The Health Ministry on Saturday said 488 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

The test results of 2,476 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,002 people who fully recovered.

Also, 57 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi late in April urged the medical staff to commit more to the preventive measures and the sterilization process amid the crisis, and paid tribute to the efforts of the medical sector.

As the president attended the opening of a number of national projects east of the Suez Canal, he also urged Egyptians to stick to the preventive measures against coronavirus in order to avoid tougher scenarios.

“If we have achieved success during the past period, we don’t want to lose what we have done during the next few weeks,” Sisi said, referring to the efforts to limit the spread of novel virus.

He also urged the citizens to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings, warning that the state may have to take tougher measures in case the coronavirus crisis developed.

The world and Egypt are facing an "invisible enemy," Sisi said, adding that Egyptian people should be proud of those who are working to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.]]>
5/10/2020 4:45:42 PM
<![CDATA[Vatican Pope greets Pope Tawadros on day of fraternal love]]>
Pope Francis’ call marked the seventh anniversary of his meeting with Tawadros II in Rome on May 10, 2013, which has become an annual celebration of fraternal love between both churches, Spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church Priest Paul Halim said. ]]>
5/10/2020 2:42:27 PM
<![CDATA[Doctor, nurse die from coronavirus as Egypt sees surge in positive cases]]>
This makes him the ninth doctor to die from the novel virus in the northeastern African country.

The syndicate said that Doctor Ahmed Darraz, former head of a hospital in Al-Sharkia governorate, in northern Egypt, had been in the “front line” in the battle against coronavirus, despite his old age and the fact that he had suffered from some chronic diseases.

Coronavirus: 35 medical personnel in Cairo hospital test positive

CAIRO - 10 May 2020: As 50 medical personnel at a hospital in the capital Cairo were tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 35 were found to be positive, an official at the Egyptian Medical Syndicate said late on Saturday.



This comes as Egypt saw a surge in the daily number of coronavirus cases over the past two days, reporting a total of 8,964 cases and 514 deaths since the crisis started, according to the latest figures announced on Saturday.

Also, a nurse in one of the chest hospitals located in Damanhur, in the northern governorate of Beheira died from coronavirus. Chest hospitals nationwide receive patients with suspected coronavirus.

The syndicate does not have accurate figures for doctors who have been found to be positive, but according to the latest figures obtained from the syndicate’s branches nationwide, 90 doctors were infected, said Ihab Taher, secretary-general of the Doctors' Syndicate.

The World Health Organization said in a report on April 13 that the infected medical staff represent 13 percent of the total cases in Egypt, Taher added.

The Health Ministry on Saturday said 488 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

The test results of 2,476 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,002 people who fully recovered.

Also, 57 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).]]>
5/10/2020 2:16:54 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus: 35 medical personnel in Cairo hospital test positive]]>
This comes as Egypt saw a surge in the daily number of coronavirus cases over the past two days, reporting a total of 8,964 cases and 514 deaths since the crisis started, according to the latest figures announced on Saturday.

“The medical team, the real heroes, are still paying the price,” Ibrahim Al-Zayat, who also served as the head of the Dakahlia Medical Syndicate, said in a Facebook post, referring to Al-Zahraa Hospital that belongs to Al-Azhar University, the country’s first oldest degree-granting university.

The infected staff included “leading” figures at the University of Al-Azhar and the hospital, including the dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the girls’ sector at the university, as well as 17 male and female doctors, Zayat said in press remarks.

They were quarantined at Al-Azhar University Specialized Hospital, he noted.

Sisi orders providing needed medical supplies for quarantine hospitals

CAIRO - 28 April 2020: Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al Sisi ordered Tuesday, providing all needed medical supplies to the quarantine and isolation hospitals all over the country. According to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady, Sisi followed up with latest updates regarding workflow inside of the isolation hospitals, during a video conference meeting with number of the hospital's directors.



Mahmoud Seddik, deputy head of the university said Al-Zahraa Hospital has so far 38 coronavirus cases, noting that the number of people who were tested on Saturday is 74. Also, 100 contacts will be tested.

In an interview with Ala Mas’oliety program on Sada Al-Balad channel, Seddik suggested that the source of infection is an employee at the hospital’s kitchen or his wife who is working at the administrative building of the hospital.

Sterilization process will take place in coordination with the hospitals belonging to the university.

The Egyptian Medical Syndicate does not have accurate figures for doctors who have been found to be positive, but according to the latest figures obtained from the syndicate’s branches nationwide, 90 doctors were infected, said Ihab Taher, secretary-general of the Doctors' Syndicate.

The World Health Organization said in a report on April 13 that the infected medical staff represent 13 percent of the total cases in Egypt, Taher added.

The Health Ministry on Saturday said 488 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

The test results of 2,476 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,002 people who fully recovered.

Also, 57 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).]]>
5/10/2020 12:55:38 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir receives 490 stranded nationals from Kuwait]]>
All the passengers would undergo the necessary preventive procedures, including being tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and being quarantined for two weeks once they arrive at the airport, the source noted.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait, South Sudan and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

Egypt has suspended flight movement since 19 March, except for cargo flights, charter flights to enable tourists’ return, ambulance flights and internal flights.
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5/10/2020 12:45:58 PM
<![CDATA[Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus]]>
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.

* For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser.

EUROPE

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out a five-tier warning system for the coronavirus in England when he outlines plans to begin slowly easing lockdown measures, British media reported. Johnson is due to make a televised address at 1800 GMT on Sunday.

* New coronavirus infections are accelerating again in Germany just days after its leaders loosened social restrictions, raising concerns that the pandemic could once again slip out of control.

* The Russian authorities said they had recorded 11,012 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 209,688.

* One person was killed after a fire broke out on Saturday at a Moscow hospital treating coronavirus patients, the authorities said.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* South Korea warned of a second wave of the new coronavirus as infections rebounded to a one-month high, just as the authorities were starting to ease some restrictions.

* China’s National Health Commission reported 14 new confirmed coronavirus cases on May 9, the highest number since April 28, including the first for more than a month in the city of Wuhan where the outbreak was first detected late last year.

* Australia’s most populous state, home to Sydney, will allow restaurants, playgrounds and outdoor pools to reopen on Friday as extensive testing has shown the spread of the coronavirus has slowed sharply, New South Wales state’s premier said.

* Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said the government is looking to lift the state of emergency in “many of 34 prefectures” that are not among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic before the nationwide deadline of May 31.

AMERICAS

* Three senior officials guiding the U.S. response to the pandemic were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus, their agencies and spokesmen said.

* Former President Barack Obama described President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic as “chaotic” in a conference call with former members of his administration, a source said on Saturday.

* Tesla Inc TSLA.O sued local authorities in California on Saturday as the electric carmaker pushed to re-open its factory there and Chief Executive Elon Musk threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future programs from the state to Texas or Nevada.

* Coronavirus patients were being turned away from hospitals in the Mexican capital on Saturday, as both public and private medical facilities quickly fill up and the number of new infections continues to rise.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* The coronavirus could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 people in Africa in the first year and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if it is not contained, the World Health Organization said.

* Kuwait will enact a “total curfew” from 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Sunday through to May 30, the Information Ministry said on Twitter on Friday.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

* China’s central bank said it will step up counter-cyclical adjustments to support the economy and make monetary policy more flexible to fend off financial risks.

* Large Italian companies have requested 18.5 billion euros ($20 billion) in state-guaranteed loans to weather the coronavirus crisis, state-backed export credit agency SACE said.

* India’s fuel demand dipped 45.8% in April from a year earlier, as a nationwide lockdown and travel curbs eroded economic activity.
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5/10/2020 12:04:46 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus spread accelerates again in Germany]]>
The Robert Koch Institute for disease control said in a daily bulletin the number of people each sick person now infects - known as the reproduction rate, or R - had risen to 1.1. When it goes above 1, it means the number of infections is growing.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, bowing to pressure from leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states to restart social life and revive the economy, announced on Wednesday measures that included more shop openings and a gradual return to school.

At the same time, she launched an “emergency brake” to allow for the reimposition of restrictions if infections pick up again.

Karl Lauterbach, a Social Democrat lawmaker and professor of epidemiology, warned that the new coronavirus could start spreading again quickly after seeing large crowds out and about on Saturday in his home city of Cologne.

“It has to be expected that the R rate will go over 1 and we will return to exponential growth,” Lauterbach said in a tweet. “The loosening measures were far too poorly prepared.”

The Robert Koch Institute said on Sunday the confirmed number of new coronavirus cases had increased by a daily 667 to 169,218, while the daily death toll had risen by 26 to 7,395.

CLOSE MONITORING

“It is too early to infer whether the number of new infections will continue to decrease as in the past weeks or increase again,” the institute said in a separate daily bulletin issued on Saturday evening.

It cautioned that the R figure was subject to statistical uncertainty, adding: “The increase of the reproduction number R necessitates a close monitoring of the situation.”

Germany has the sixth-largest COVID-19 caseload in Europe but has managed to contain fatalities from the highly infectious respiratory disease thanks to widespread and early testing and a healthcare system that is well-run and well-funded.

The latest phase of its pandemic management has, say critics, placed too much burden on local authorities to detect and respond to new outbreaks. A threshold set at 50 cases per 100,000 people for reimposing distancing measures is also seen by some epidemiologists as too high.

This level has already been triggered in two districts in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig Holstein, where COVID-19 has broken out among workers at meat processing plants.

The plant in North Rhine-Westphalia was closed on Friday after more than 150 of its 1,200 workers tested positive. Many are migrants from eastern Europe hired by subcontractors and housed in shared quarters that are a potential infection hotbed.

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5/10/2020 11:59:17 AM
<![CDATA[China reports first coronavirus case in Wuhan since April 3 among 14 new infections]]>
While China had officially designated all areas of the country as low-risk last Thursday, the new cases according to data published on Sunday represent a jump from the single case reported for the day before. The number was lifted by a cluster of 11 in Shulan city in northeastern Jilin province.

Jilin officials on Sunday raised the Shulan city risk level to high from medium, having hoisted it to medium the day before after one woman tested positive on May 7. The 11 new cases made public on Sunday are members of her family or people who came into contact with her or family members.

The new Wuhan case, the first reported in the epicentre of China’s outbreak since April 3, was previously asymptomatic, according to the health commission.

Aside from the Shulan cluster and the Wuhan case, the remaining two new confirmed cases were imported infections. It also said newly discovered asymptomatic cases were at 20, the highest since May 1 and up from 15 a day earlier.

No new deaths were reported, it said.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in mainland China reached 82,901 as of May 9, while the total death toll from the virus stood at 4,633, according to the commission.]]>
5/10/2020 11:57:23 AM
<![CDATA[US records 1,568 coronavirus deaths]]>
The death toll in the US now stands at 78,746.

The US has been one of the hardest-hit countries in terms of coronavirus fatalities.

The United States has recorded 1,309,164 cases, the Baltimore-based school reported.]]>
5/10/2020 11:48:41 AM
<![CDATA[Heat wave hits Egypt, temperature records highs of 37°C]]>
The Meteorological authority expected that Sunday will witness a morning mist, and a moderate weather in Cairo and Lower Egypt, while a sunny weather will prevail in northern and southern Upper Egypt.

The official weather forecast authority said that Saturday will witness a decline in temperature degrees as expected by the Meteorological Authority, where Cairo will record 29°C.
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5/10/2020 12:51:58 AM
<![CDATA[Nasr City court closes for 14 days after Corona case detected ]]>
The court will be sterilized, and all hearings that were scheduled to be held inside the court will be transferred to the New Cairo Court in Tagammu el-Khamis district.

On Saturday, work at Cairo Court of Appeal resumes per a decision to start work at different departments as of the second week of May.

Cairo criminal courts will resume work on Sunday after a 45-day hiatus due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), as per a decision by Chairperson of Cairo Court of Appeals Badry Abdel Fattah

More than 8,000 lawsuits were adjourned over this period, including a large number of pending cases, with several defendants on remand.

Since May 1, the criminal courts have started exceptionally for only two days a week to consider time-sensitive cases.

On March 15, 2020, Egypt’s judicial institutions suspended court trials nationwide due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Justice.

Egypt recorded, Friday, 495 new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 8,476 and the total deaths to 503 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.]]>
5/10/2020 12:48:53 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 488 COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths]]>
This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 8964 and 514 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2476 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2002 people who fully recovered.

Also, 57 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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5/9/2020 9:24:01 PM
<![CDATA[WHO says global solidarity needed in COVID-19 battle]]>
The World Health Assembly officially declared that "the world and all its people have won freedom from smallpox" on May 8, 1980. Smallpox is the first and, to date, only human disease to be eradicated globally.

"Its eradication stands as the greatest public health triumph in history," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual news conference in Geneva.

Until it was wiped out, smallpox had plagued humanity for at least 3,000 years, killing 300 million people in the 20th century alone, according to the WHO.

"As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, humanity's victory over smallpox is a reminder of what is possible when nations come together to fight a common health threat," Tedros said.

The WHO is now working with many partners to accelerate the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, which will be an essential tool for controlling transmission of the virus, according to the WHO.

"But although a vaccine was crucial for ending smallpox, it was not enough on its own," Tedros said. "The decisive factor in the victory over smallpox was global solidarity."

Tedros noted that, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States joined forces to conquer a common enemy.

"They recognized that viruses do not respect nations or ideologies," he said. "That same solidarity, built on national unity, is needed now more than ever to defeat COVID-19."]]>
5/9/2020 12:58:54 PM
<![CDATA[180 nationals coming from Sudan leave quarantine in Aswan]]>
They were quarantined for 14 days at a hotel in Aswan city, Abu el Magd said, adding that all of them are in good health condition and tested negative to the novel coronavirus.

It should be noted that Egypt recorded 495 new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 8,476 and the total deaths to 503 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 2,416, including 1,945 people who recovered from the virus.

On May 7, Egypt’s Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli said the preventive measures taken to face the coronavirus crisis during the first half of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will continue for the rest of the month.

Among these measures is a night curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, and opening commercial centers over the whole week until 5:00 pm.

In a press conference, Madbouli said the budget for the new fiscal year will include an article allocating LE 100 billion ($6.35 billion) to raise wages and pensions, affirming that the state has been keen to not place extra burden on citizens during the coronavirus crisis.
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5/9/2020 12:55:21 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus cases in Russia grow by 10,817 over past day]]>
To date, 31,916 people have recovered from the illness while fatalities have reached 1,827, the crisis center said.

According to the data, the daily growth in coronavirus cases amounted to 5.8%, the lowest figure since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 4,399 new cases (40.7%) were identified as asymptomatic, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said.]]>
5/9/2020 12:46:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's PM checks on renovation of Kafr Shokr Central Hospital]]>
The premier followed up the anti-coronavirus precautionary and preventive measures adopted in various fields, especially at the work and production sites.

He checked on the renovation work at Kafr Shokr Central Hospital out of which 98 perecnt have been finalized at a cost of EGP 212.8 million.

The hospital is set to be finalized in June and the operation will start in July.

Madbouli was briefed on the departments and medical services offered by the hospital that includes 106 bed and 28 incubators.

Erected on an area of 24,000 square meters, the hospital provides medicals services to 200,000 people.

The premier hailed the progress of the restoration activities as well as the abidance of all workers at the renovation site by the anti-COVID 19 precautionary measures.

Madbouli was accompanied during the tour by the minister of water resources and irrigation, local development, housing, transport and Qalyubia Governor. ]]>
5/9/2020 12:44:42 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 495 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 8,476]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 2,416, including 1,945 people who recovered from the virus.

All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, the spokesman said.

Health Minister Hala Zayed on Thursday reviewed her ministry's efforts to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, saying the hotline allocated to receive coronavirus complaints receive around 3,650 calls daily.

Ministry of Health has allocated a hotline (105) to respond to all inquiries by individuals and provide information related to the virus.

During a Cabinet meeting, the health minister pointed to the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths, as well as the number of recoveries.

Zayed also posted the prime minister on the number of cases, whose tests turned from positive into negative, in addition to the number of patients, who have been transferred to isolation facilities in university dormitories and youth hostels.

She touched on the electronic system used to register the personal data of positive cases before transferring them to isolation hospitals, university dormitories and youth hostels.

The minister underlined the importance of wearing medical masks to avoid infection.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli on Thursday said the preventive measures taken to face the coronavirus crisis during the first half of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will continue for the rest of the month.

Among these measures is a night curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, and opening commercial centers over the whole week until 5:00 pm.

In a press conference, Madbouli said the budget for the new fiscal year will include an article allocating LE 100 billion ($6.35 billion) to raise wages and pensions, affirming that the state has been keen to not place extra burden on citizens during the coronavirus crisis.
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5/8/2020 8:13:26 PM
<![CDATA[Dean of Dentistry Faculty of Cairo University recovers from coronavirus]]>
In a Twitter post, Atef Shaker thanked the medical staff and administrators in the Al-Kasr Al-Ainy Specialized Hospital, which belongs to the Cairo University.

The whole building where the dean works, including the secretarial offices, clinics, bathrooms, stairs and the elevator were disinfected, Cairo University spokesman Alam El-Deen said late in April, adding that sterilization process will be carried out over two weeks.

All contacts were examined and isolated for 14 days, Azza Ezz El-Arab, the vice-dean of faculty said.

A week later, Alam El-Deen, said that the infection control committee sorted the persons who dealt with the dean and found that the vice-dean of the faculty also tested positive for the virus.

Daily report
Egypt has recently recorded 393 people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, making the highest daily counts in Egypt so far, and 13 people died with the novel virus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,981 and 482 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,378 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,887 people who fully recovered.

Also, 72 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry revealed that the total number of positive patients at the quarantine hospitals is 1,890, including 211 unstable cases and 41 critical cases.]]>
5/8/2020 6:25:16 PM
<![CDATA[Deceased Egyptian physician sacrificed his soul for duty - Ambassador in Kuwait]]>
Mekhaymar was the first health care worker to die of COVID-19, as he was in the frontline fighting the pandemic, el Quoni said.

The Egyptian physician sacrificed his soul to meet his duty, he added.

The ambassador offered his condolences to the family of the deceased doctor and thanked Kuwaiti Health Minister Basel Al-Sabah for his solace.]]>
5/8/2020 6:11:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian MP Abou el Enein praises 'Day of Prayer' call]]>
The two religious institutions called upon all clergymen of all religions and people worldwide for a day of prayer and supplication on May 14 to God to eradicate the crisis of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In an article issued in Al Ahram newspaper on Friday, Abou el Enein commended Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders Ahmad el Tayeb and Pope Francis’ stances towards combating the outbreak of the virus around the globe.

The member of parliament called on people all over the world to respond to the initiative.

In February 2019, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders Ahmad el Tayeb and Pope Francis signed the document.

On the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when the Muslims worldwide fast from dusk to dawn worldwide, Pope Francis extended his greetings to Grand Imam of Al Azhar.

Both religious figures discussed the ways of strengthening global solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April 2017, Pope Francis paid Egypt a two-day visit and he gave a speech at al-Azhar institution. The visit had an aim to foster reconciliation with the Muslim world following recent attacks against the Middle East’s biggest Christian community.

It marks Pope Francis as the first pontiff to visit Al-Azhar institution since Pope John Paul II in 2000.
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5/8/2020 5:52:36 PM
<![CDATA[European Justice Court: Victims of Al-Salam Boccaccio 98 shipwreck have right to compensation]]>ruled on Thursday that the victims of the 2006 sunken ferry MS al-Salam Boccaccio 98 have the right to file lawsuits against two Italian organizations, which had classified and certified that vessel, at Italian courts.

The court rejected an appeal filed by the two Italian companies [Rina SpA and Ente Registro Italiano Navale], saying that the relatives of the victims and the survivors of the sunken ship have the right to demand compensation from the companies.

In 2006, the ferry MS al-Salam Boccaccio 98, which was owned by Egyptian businessman Mamdouh Ismail and sailing under the flag of the Republic of Panama, sank in the Red Sea while it was en route from Saudi Arabia to Egypt. More than 1,000 passengers, the majority are Egyptian expatriates and pilgrims, were killed.

Relatives of the victims already sued the two Italian companies at Italian courts to get compensation, saying that the classification and certification operations were the cause of the sinking before an Italian court in Genoa. But the companies said that the court lacked the jurisdiction, relying on the principle of immunity from jurisdiction as the classification and certification operations were carried out upon delegation from the Republic of Panama.

However, after considering the civil and commercial matters of Article 1 of the Brussels I Regulation, the Court of Justice of the European Union rejected the companies’ appeal.

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5/8/2020 5:37:21 PM
<![CDATA[Amb. reiterates EU will send Egypt €89 billion to curb coronavirus]]>
This comes while the northeastern Africa country is involved in a fierce battle against the novel coronavirus, as it has so far confirmed 7,981 cases and 482 deaths, according to an official toll on Thursday.

Surkos affirmed to Egypt Today that the EU is showing solidarity with Egypt as a strategic partner in the face of the novel coronavirus. He added that the EU will cooperate with Egypt, while taking into account social and economic sustainable development after the end of the crisis.

He also referred to a €1.5 billion aid allocated to help Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco and Tunisia respond to the crisis.

The financial aid allocated by the EU aims to help Egypt respond to the direct threat posed by the coronavirus against Egyptians generally. The €89 billion aid which is set to be sent to Egypt during the coming months aims to enhancing the resources of the health ministry, through helping the ministry purchase medical equipment and train medical cadres.

In April, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Oliver Varhelyi said he made a phone call with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, during which he affirmed the need of cooperation to fight the deadly virus.

On Tuesday, EU Ambassador to Lebanon Ralph Tarraf said that the European bloc granted the World Health Organization 15 million euros (16.2 million US dollars) in support of Lebanon's health sector, the National News Agency reported.

Daily report
Egypt has recently recorded 393 people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, making the highest daily counts in Egypt so far, and 13 people died with the novel virus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,981 and 482 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,378 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,887 people who fully recovered.

Also, 72 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry revealed that the total number of positive patients at the quarantine hospitals is 1,890, including 211 unstable cases and 41 critical cases.]]>
5/8/2020 4:45:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt evacuates 166 stranded nationals from Oman]]>
A source at the airport said the preventive medicine teams have carried out the sterilization process required.

The airport, in the southeast of Egypt, received on Wednesday a plane coming from Juba carrying 35 Egyptian nationals who were stranded by the novel virus, state’s news agency MENA reported.

Quarantine teams of the Red Sea Health Directorate received the passengers to conduct medical check-ups before taking them to their residence in a Marsa Alam hotel where they will spend 14 days in quarantine.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait, South Sudan and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

This comes while 393 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, making the highest daily counts in Egypt so far, and 13 people died with the novel virus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,981 and 482 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,378 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,887 people who fully recovered.

Also, 72 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry revealed that the total number of positive patients at the quarantine hospitals is 1,890, including 211 unstable cases and 41 critical cases.

Egypt starts air bridge to bring home expats stranded abroad

CAIRO - 20 April 2020: Egypt will launch on Tuesday an air bridge to bring back the Egyptian nationals who are stranded abroad due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), officials at the Cairo International Airport said on Monday.


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5/8/2020 3:44:29 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir flight to leave Kuwait for Cairo on Sunday: Egypt's embassy]]>
In a press statement, of which MENA got a copy, the embassy said that EgyptAir office in Kuwait will contact those who had tickets for the deferred flight to notify them of the data of their new tickets and the quarantine procedures.

The passengers will have to choose whether to be quarantined at a Cairo hotel at their expenses or at a teaching hospital for free.]]>
5/8/2020 2:36:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian state works on avoiding increase in coronavirus cases: presidential advisor]]>
In an interview with Tamer Ameen on Al-Nahar channel, he affirmed that the state is taking all procedures to prevent the daily number of cases from increasing.

However, he said Egypt is still facing a critical period due to the growing number of cases.

Separately, in an interview with Sherif Amer on MBC Masr, Tag El-Deen said that citizens can still coexist with the novel virus and that normal life and production can be restored as long as people are following the preventive measures, otherwise, the state may have to take tougher measures.

He expected that the number of cases will also increase during the coming period, but will remain under control as long as it is increasing horizontally.

Concerning vaccine, he said it is not expected that a vaccine will be developed before September. He also noted that the plasma treatment can help patients to recover.

Egypt's PM: Measures against coronavirus to continue for extra 15 days

CAIRO - 7 May 2020: Egypt's Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli on Thursday said the preventive measures taken to face the coronavirus crisis during the first half of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will continue for the rest of the month.



This comes while 393 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, making the highest daily counts in Egypt so far, and 13 people died with the novel virus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,981 and 482 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,378 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,887 people who fully recovered.

Also, 72 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry revealed that the total number of positive patients at the quarantine hospitals is 1,890, including 211 unstable cases and 41 critical cases.

Plasma treatment

The Egyptian Health Ministry will start injecting plasma of patients who have recovered from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) into severely ill patients with the novel virus, the ministry quoted Minister Hala Zayed as saying late in April.

Plasma from recovered cases have the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Zayed said that Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.

Plasma were extracted from six people who have recovered from coronavirus, the ministry’s statement revealed, and tests indicated that three of them were good to use.

Plasma was already injected into one patient, the ministry said, adding that other patients will also undergo the same treatment, in accordance with the research protocol in this regard. The results will be continuously announced, said the statement.

Once patients respond to treatment, convalescent plasma therapy will be widely applied, through inviting recovered people to donate plasma, in order to help save patients who are in critical condition, the ministry added.]]>
5/8/2020 2:29:01 PM
<![CDATA[Reports on suspending national projects in Upper Egypt dismissed]]>
In a statement Friday, the center said it contacted the Ministry of Local Development which affirmed the work progress in the projects in Upper Egypt is going as usual.

It said the work in the projects has not been affected by the precautionary measures adopted by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The center appealed to social media users to verify their reports before publishing them and contact the authorities concerned to avoid confusion among citizens.]]>
5/8/2020 1:29:58 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt establishes Supreme Council of Health]]>
Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli has directed the government to establish the council, which will come under his presidency, the statement added.

The council will be tasked with preparing a unified strategy for a service that includes all agencies operating in the health system. The council will also organize the work between governmental and private hospitals.

In addition to this, the council will be responsible for drawing up a plan for accelerating the development works at the hospitals nationwide, the statement said.

As the government has earlier announced establishing a national center for crisis and health disaster management, many Parliament members have endorsed the step and considered it vital during the current battle against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They also called for granting the center a strong authority.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Secretary of the Parliament’s Health Committee Sami Al-Mashad said the goals and terms of reference of the planned center would be determined during the coming period, considering it a very important step while dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

The new center will have a role in the assessment of the coronavirus challenge in Egypt, to help the state institutions benefit from this experience and develop their performance in the event of any future crisis.

“Crisis management is a very important and effective matter concerning confrontation and solutions,” he added.

In its daily briefing on the coronavirus cases in Egypt, a total of 387 people tested positive for the virus recently, making one of the highest daily counts in Egypt, and 17 people died with the novel virus, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,588 and 469 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,314 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,815 people who fully recovered.

Also, 85 cases, all of them Egyptians, left the hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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5/7/2020 6:05:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Min.: We’re keen to back small-scale borrowers, COVID-19 affected families]]>
Shaarawi's remarks came during his meeting on Thursday with Alaa Zohery, the director of governmental relations at the World Food Program's (WFP) Egypt Country Office, to discuss means of supporting small-scale borrowers and beneficiaries from the Egyptian Local Development Fund, who failed to pay their due installments because of the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

During the meeting, Shaarawi added that the Local Development Ministry is working to offer technical support to those categories and find solutions to avoid the recurrence of this crisis, with a view to ensuring the sustainability of projects.

On her part, Zohery said that the WFP is interested in providing all kinds of support to programs and projects implemented by the Local Development Ministry during this critical period.

She also reviewed with the local development minister some activities carried out by the WFP in the sector of education, as well as cooperation with the Egyptian Food Safety Authority to back small farmers and improve the level of nutrition especially among the poor.

The two sides tackled the progress made in supporting the most needy families in a number of governorates and providing them with financial assistance to mitigate the negative impacts caused by the government measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.]]>
5/7/2020 4:19:21 PM
<![CDATA[Health min.: Coronavirus hotline receives 3,650 calls per day]]>
Ministry of Health has allocated a hotline (105) to respond to all inquiries by individuals and provide information related to the virus.

During a Cabinet meeting, the health minister pointed to the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths, as well as the number of recoveries.

Zayed also posted the prime minister on the number of cases, whose tests turned from positive into negative, in addition to the number of patients, who have been transferred to isolation facilities in university dormitories and youth hostels.

She touched on the electronic system used to register the personal data of positive cases before transferring them to isolation hospitals, university dormitories and youth hostels.

The minister underlined the importance of wearing medical masks to avoid infection.

Egypt's PM: Measures against coronavirus to continue for extra 15 days

CAIRO - 7 May 2020: Egypt's Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli on Thursday said the preventive measures taken to face the coronavirus crisis during the first half of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will continue for the rest of the month.



This comes while 387 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, making one of the highest daily counts in Egypt, and 17 people died with the novel virus, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,588 and 469 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,314 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,815 people who fully recovered.

Also, 85 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

MENA contributed to the reporting]]>
5/7/2020 3:55:14 PM
<![CDATA[Deputy Director of al-Nagila Hospital announces recovery from coronavirus]]>
Allam said on his Facebook account, "The second sample result is negative; tomorrow I will go to Tanta after an absence of 98 days."

"A total of 387 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), recording the highest daily count in Egypt, and 17 people died of the novel virus," the Health Ministry said on May 6.

"This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,588 and 469 respectively," the ministry said.

The test results of 2,314 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,815 people who fully recovered.

Also, 85 cases, all Egyptians, left the hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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5/7/2020 2:17:54 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egypt saves griffon vulture, sends it to Ras Abu Galum Reserve]]>
The ministry has been informed that a citizen in Dahab city, South Sinai, has the vulture in his house; possessing the vulture violates the Egyptian Environment Law 4/1994 and its 2009 amendments. Officials from the ministry and Dahab police station as well as other concerned bodies headed to the house and confiscated the vulture.

"However, the man denied knowing that possessing or trading in wild animals is a crime, saying that he was looking after the bird," the statement added.

"The man showed his cooperation with the concerned body to send the eagle to the natural environment," the ministry continued in the statement.

The ministry called upon citizens to report attempts of illegal possession of animals or birds via calling the ministry’s hotline 19808 or contacting the WhatsApp number 01222693333.

"Egypt has a total of 110 animal species, including 70 species threatened with extinction due to climate change impacts and poaching," Ayman Hamada, director of the Biodiversity Department at the General Directorate of Nature Conservation, told Egypt Today in previous comments.

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5/7/2020 2:09:29 PM
<![CDATA[National Women Council issues 2nd edition of women policy tracker over coronavirus]]>
Maya Morsy, president of the National Council for Women, confirmed that this report comes as a second edition of the report that was issued by the Council last month with the aim of monitoring all policies and procedures taken by the government that are responsive to the needs of Egyptian women, designing an easier tool that can be used as reference by decision makers for more collaborative vision on means of moving forward, documenting the coordinated efforts of the government and reflecting on those policies with supporting programs.

Morsy also indicated that the second edition of the report monitored 32 policies/measures/procedures taken by the government to contain and control the spread of the current COVID-19 throughout the period from April 7 to May 6 that are responsive to Egyptian women needs; adding up to 52 policies/measures/procedures taken by the government since the COVID-19 hit Egypt until May 6, 2020.

Egypt, with strong support of its political leadership, has worked since the early beginning to take stringent measures and policies to contain and control the spread of the current COVID-19, according to the rate of its rapid spread, taking into consideration the needs of all possible affected segments, especially women and children.

Morsy said that since the National Council for Women is the national machinery concerned with proposing the government public policy on women’s development pursuant to Law No. 30 of 2018, the Council is keen to continue tracking and monitoring all issued policies and programs that mainstream and respond to the needs of women during this crisis.

NCW commits to a strong coordination with all concerned ministries and bodies to support the implementation of those policies as well as suggesting new polices in favor of Egyptian women.]]>
5/7/2020 2:00:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian businessman donates LE 51.5M to back state’s coronavirus strategy]]>
The letter revealed that LE 25 million of the contribution would be handed to the Ministry of Health to help upgrade its chest and fever hospitals, while LE 10 million will be added to the donation-based national fund “Tahya Misr” (Long Live Egypt) to support the ministry’s needs, including preventive requirements and medical equipment.

LE 15 million will be allocated for buying 200,000 packages of food products for the medical staff in fever and quarantine hospitals and needy families, including informal workers who have been badly hit by the economic repercussions of the coronavirus crisis, the letter read.

The remaining LE 1.5 million will be spent on 10,000 impacted families nationwide.

Egypt's Businessman Abul Enein donates LE 78M for countering COVID-19

CAIRO, April 19 (MENA) - Chairman and founder of Cleopatra Group Mohamed Abul Enein donated 78 million pounds to support government efforts to curb the outbreak of coronavirus. This came in a message sent to Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli by the businessman who paid tribute to the professional way the government handled the crisis with and the stimulus measures it has taken to ease the economic of the virus outbreak.



In April, Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal said the Presidency staff will donate 20 percent of their salaries to Tahya Misr fund for three months.

In a press statement, Heikal said the donation aims at supporting irregular workers, whose living conditions worsened due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Later in April, health official sources said the Health Ministry received LE 162 million ($10.284 million) in donations from civil society organizations and corporates, to support its efforts in facing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), health official sources said.

Three companies sent letters of donations to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, the Cabinet said in a statement.

The donors include Mansour Automotive Egypt, which sent LE 50 million; Tatweer Misr for real estate development, which sent LE 5 million; and Ibn Sina Pharma pharmaceutical company, which donated LE 4 million.

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On Wednesday, the Egyptian Health Ministry said 387 people in the country tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, making one of the highest daily counts in Egypt, and 17 people died with the virus.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,588 and 469 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,314 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,815 people who fully recovered.

Also, 85 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).]]>
5/7/2020 1:12:12 PM
<![CDATA[Navy to remain vigilant to protect Egypt's borders]]>
Khaled thanked the political leadership and the general command of the Armed Forces for the efforts exerted to modernize the armament of the Egyptian Armed Forces and naval arsenal.

The German S-43 submarine joined the Egyptian Navy in Alexandria on May 6;it is considered one of the most recent submarines around the world.

The reception ceremony was attended by several leaders of the Armed Forces, Navy veterans and former submarine brigade commanders, in addition to alarge number of the citizens of Alexandria.

"The S43 will be part of several joint drills with the naval forces of allied states on its way to Egypt," the spokesperson stated. He stressedthat the S43 is an addition to the capabilities of the Egyptian Navy given its technological and combat features, and that it comes as part of an ambitious plan to upgrade the Egyptian Armed Forces' defense systems.

In 2011, Egypt signed a contract with Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to purchase four class 209/1400mod submarines. The first, S41, was delivered in December 2016. The second, S42, was handed over in August 2017, while the third was launched in May 2019. The contract will be concluded in 2021 with the delivery of the fourth vessel.

The submarine has a length of 62 meters and a diameter of 6.2 meters, and is operated by 30 crew members. Its displacement on surface and submerged is approximately 1,450 tons and 1,600 tons, respectively.

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5/7/2020 12:22:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt evacuates over 190 stranded nationals from Chad, Ghana, South Sudan]]>
All the passengers would undergo the necessary preventive procedures, including being tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and being quarantined for two weeks once they arrive at the airport, the source noted.

The airport, in the southeast of Egypt, received on Wednesday a plane coming from Juba carrying 35 Egyptian nationals who were stranded by the novel virus, state’s news agency MENA reported.

Quarantine teams of the Red Sea Health Directorate received the passengers to conduct medical check-ups before taking them to their residence in a Marsa Alam hotel where they will spend 14 days in quarantine.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

Libya transfers 200 stranded Egyptians to border crossing over coronavirus

In a video obtained by Egypt Today, a Libyan Interior Ministry official said the authorities secured the movement of 200 Egyptians to the border crossing. He added that a security force will be tasked with gathering stranded Egyptians in Al Uqaylah city t



On Wednesday, the Egyptian Health Ministry said 387 people in the country tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, making one of the highest daily counts in Egypt, and 17 people died with the virus.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,588 and 469 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,314 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,815 people who fully recovered.

Also, 85 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).]]>
5/7/2020 12:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Higher Education Minister, EUSF officials discuss anti-coronavirus measures]]>
The federation officials thanked Abdel Ghaffar for his efforts and cooperation with Health Minister Hala Zayed to confront the novel coronavirus.

They stressed the importance of precautionary measures taken by the State to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

They also praised the significant role played by university hospitals to receive cases infected with the novel coronavirus.

The council decided to donate 50,000 pounds to the Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt) fund to support the state's efforts to confront the Covid-19.

The meeting reviewed achievements made by Egyptian universities at the Arab beach soccer championship, which was held in the Sultanate of Oman, where the Egyptian female team won the first place, and the Egyptian male team came third.]]>
5/7/2020 11:54:49 AM
<![CDATA[WHO says coronavirus cases declining in West Europe, increase in East Europe, Africa]]>
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries cannot “let preparedness go by the wayside. As we work on responding to this pandemic, we must also work harder to prepare for the next one. Now is an opportunity to lay the foundations for resilient health systems around the world, which has been ignored for long.”

While reported cases are beginning to decline in regions such as Western Europe, more cases are being reported every day in Eastern Europe, Africa, South-East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Americas, Tedros said, adding an average of around 80,000 new cases have been reported to the agency every day.

“These are not just numbers. Every single case is a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a brother, sister or friend,” he said.

Tedros urged caution to countries looking to ease social distancing restrictions intended to curb the pandemic. He said the risk of returning to lockdown “remains very real” if countries do not manage the transition “extremely carefully.” ]]>
5/7/2020 11:51:38 AM
<![CDATA[Kuwait committed to resuming studies Aug. 4]]>
Minister of Education and Higher Education Saud Al-Harbi has confirmed that commitment, putting an end to speculations of ending the academic year due to the virus.

He said the two ministries were complying with a February 26 government decision to suspend studies because of the spread of the coronavirus.

There is no intention to end the academic year, Al-Harbi told KUNA, noting that he would submit a report to the government about this issue in mid-July.

Al-Harbi said ministries' executives were meeting regularly to discuss best ways to resume studies as well as launching phase two of the online education.]]>
5/7/2020 11:49:29 AM
<![CDATA[Kuwait mourns Egyptian Quran reciter Tablawi]]>
In a press statement on Wednesday, the ministry described Tabalawi's death as a "great loss" to the Islamic world.

It added that Tablawi left behind a great deal of fascinating Holy Quran recordings, which will remain unforgettable. ]]>
5/7/2020 11:49:18 AM
<![CDATA[Schools reopen in some parts of Japan after pandemic shutdown]]>
Schools in Aomori and Tottori prefectures were the first in the country to open their doors despite the nationwide state of emergency that was declared last month and then extended through the end of May by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Around 140 students headed to an elementary school in Tottori Prefecture that had been closed since April 27.

A total of 76 schools run by the Aomori prefectural government also reopened after temporarily closing on April 20.

In the city of Aomori, a number of high school students wearing face masks headed to school on bicycles or were dropped off by car. They were seen chatting with friends who were waiting for them.]]>
5/7/2020 11:45:35 AM
<![CDATA[Brazil presidential spokesman tests positive for virus]]>
Army General Otavio Rego Barros, 59, one of the administration's top public figures, "is home following all recommended protocols" after his positive test result was confirmed Tuesday, France 24 reported, quoting the president's office as having said in a statement.

More than 20 top Bolsonaro officials have tested positive for the virus, including communications chief Fabio Wajngarten and National Security Minister Augusto Heleno. ]]>
5/7/2020 11:43:44 AM
<![CDATA[Daily report: 387 people test positive for coronavirus in Egypt]]>
This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,588 and 469 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,314 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,815 people who fully recovered.

Also, 85 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Clinical trials
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar referred to the efforts of Egyptian universities and research centers in carrying out most of the clinical trials in Africa, with 22 clinical trials out of 30 experiments conducted by African countries.

According to the clinical trials website, the minister announced that Egypt ranks first among Middle Eastern and African countries carrying out experiments to find a cure for the emerging coronavirus "Covid-19".

Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Egypt has conducted half of the experiments carried out by countries in the Middle East to find a medicine that resists the emerging coronavirus; the Middle Eastern countries have carried out 44 experiments since the outbreak of the virus in China.

He pointed out that Egypt comes at the forefront, followed by Iran, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

Plasma treatment

The Egyptian Health Ministry will start injecting plasma of patients who have recovered from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) into severely ill patients with the novel virus, the ministry quoted Minister Hala Zayed as saying late in April.

Plasma from recovered cases have the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Zayed said that Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.

Plasma were extracted from six people who have recovered from coronavirus, the ministry’s statement revealed, and tests indicated that three of them were good to use.

Plasma was already injected into one patient, the ministry said, adding that other patients will also undergo the same treatment, in accordance with the research protocol in this regard. The results will be continuously announced, said the statement.

Once patients respond to treatment, convalescent plasma therapy will be widely applied, through inviting recovered people to donate plasma, in order to help save patients who are in critical condition, the ministry added.]]>
5/6/2020 6:14:14 PM
<![CDATA[MPs: Egypt’s planned health crisis management center ‘vital’ but ‘late’]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Secretary of the Parliament’s Health Committee Sami Al-Mashad said the goals and terms of reference of the planned center would be determined during the coming period, considering it a very important step while dealing with coronavirus crisis.

The new center will have a role in the assessment of the coronavirus challenge in Egypt, to help the state institutions benefit from this experience and develop their performance in the event of any future crisis.

“Crisis management is a very important and effective matter concerning confrontation and solutions,” he added.

Makram Radwan, a member of the Health Committee, considered the step very important but “so late,” saying that such center “should have been established a long time ago.”

“Any country is subject to the occurrence of health crises and disasters at any time,” Radwan said, affirming that importance of a center or authority that has solutions to these crises based on studies and previous experience.

Radwan highlighted the role of crisis management departments in limiting harm and reducing losses.

Head of the Suggestions and Complaints Committee said it is necessary to accelerate the establishment of this center and to define its terms of reference. He also called for choosing competent figures in this field to lead the center.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian Health Ministry said 387 people in the country tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, making one of the highest daily counts in Egypt, and 17 people died with the virus.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 7,588 and 469 respectively, the ministry said.

The test results of 2,314 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 1,815 people who fully recovered.

Also, 85 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Egypt's coronavirus death rate 6.6%: official figures

CAIRO - 4 May 2020: The current coronavirus (COVID-19) mortality rate in Egypt is 6.6 percent, according to the Health Ministry's official figures on Sunday, after a total of 429 cases have officially died of the novel virus, while deaths worldwide almost reached 250,000.


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5/6/2020 6:01:46 PM
<![CDATA[Libya transfers 200 stranded Egyptians to border crossing over coronavirus]]>
In a video obtained by Egypt Today, a Libyan Interior Ministry official said the authorities secured the movement of 200 Egyptians to the border crossing. He added that a security force will be tasked with gathering stranded Egyptians in Al Uqaylah city to be transferred to the Musaid crossing.

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Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

The air bridge between Kuwait and Cairo to return stranded Egyptians in Kuwait continues on Wednesday for the second day in a row as some 450 Egyptians left on board three flights of the Kuwaiti Airways.

Each flight includes 150 passengers who have been transported by buses from special shelters to Kuwaiti International Airport ahead of their flight time.

Egypt recorded, Tuesday 388 new coronavirus cases and 16 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 7201 and the total deaths to 452 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 98 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1730 out of 2224 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.]]>
5/6/2020 5:11:59 PM
<![CDATA[National Council for Women, UN Women launch “Our Mental Health is a Priority” initiative to support women’s mental health]]>

The initiative includes a series of awareness-raising videos, provided by a number of psychologists and institutions that provide psychological support, and it aims to support the mental health of Egyptian women and raise awareness among citizens on the importance of mental health in general, in light of the spread of the coronavirus, especially in times of quarantine and curfew precautionary orders which requires staying at home for longer periods.

Dr. Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women, highlighted that the initiative is an important part of the state’s efforts to raise the awareness among citizens, stressing its importance in providing many substantial advice and psychological and social support to the family in general, and woman in particular, in light of the precautionary measures that require staying at home long periods of time.

Dr. Morsy commended the efforts of the Egyptian media for spreading awareness among citizens at this critical stage, as well as Egypt Today magazine and website for its cooperation and quick response to sponsor this initiative.

Ms. Gielan El Messiri, Head of UN Women Egypt County Office a.i., emphasized that mental health services for women are part of the essential services that must be available to women and girls, especially in times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and that this initiative would explain how to deal with the crisis in the best ways.

The first video, entitled "Balance in the Time of Corona ", aims at understanding the impact of the current situation on our mental health and the steps that we need to take to overcome this crisis safely.




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5/6/2020 5:09:43 PM
<![CDATA[US has recorded more than 1.2 million coronavirus cases]]>
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, governors across the country have allowed residents to return to some semblance of normalcy after weeks of shutdowns to stop the spread of the virus. But the country's death toll continues to rise and public health experts have warned relaxing restrictions could cost thousands of lives.]]>
5/6/2020 4:28:41 PM
<![CDATA[Evangelical community head praises Sisi's decisions to fight COVID-19]]>
During a virtual meeting via video conference with the heads of Evangelical churches in Egypt, he said such decisions reflected the keenness of the state on protecting the health of citizens.

Zaky added that the churches are committed to abiding by the directives on the Coronairus with suspending major religious activities and reducing the number of the guests who attend weddings at homes or churches to only six while the mourners at funerals are restricted to the families of the dead.]]>
5/6/2020 4:27:02 PM
<![CDATA[US has recorded more than 1.2 million coronavirus cases]]>
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, governors across the country have allowed residents to return to some semblance of normalcy after weeks of shutdowns to stop the spread of the virus. But the country's death toll continues to rise and public health experts have warned relaxing restrictions could cost thousands of lives.]]>
5/6/2020 12:43:41 PM
<![CDATA[450 stranded Egyptians in Kuwait leave for Cairo on board 3 exceptional flights]]>
Each flight includes 150 passengers who have been transported by buses from special shelters to Kuwaiti International Airport ahead of their flight time.

All Egyptian passengers have been checked out upon arrival at Kuwait International Airport and their luggage was disinfected as part of precautionary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The Egyptian Embassy in Kuwait announced on May 4, the start of an air bridge to return home stranded Egyptians in Kuwait.

Two flights belonging to EgyptAir were operated on May 5, as they carried 580 Egyptians whose majority included women, old people, and children.

Egyptian Sources pointed out that the returning Egyptians will be transferred to some university dormitories to spend a 14-day quarantine period as a precautionary measure to confront the Coronavirus.

The Egyptian authorities urged Egyptians who are staying at the Kuwaiti shelters to abide by all instructions of the Kuwaiti Security Authorities and not to follow any attempts for raising riots and chaos.

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5/6/2020 11:58:22 AM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus cases reach 165,929 in Russia]]>
Russia is now the seventh most-affected country in terms of infections, having surpassed China, Turkey and Iran last week, The Moscow Times reported.

There have been 86 death cases of coronavirus reported in Russia over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 1,537 deaths. ]]>
5/6/2020 11:51:37 AM
<![CDATA[Oman reports 168 new cases of coronavirus]]>
Forty-one of the new cases are of Omani nationals, and 127 cases of non-Omanis.

A 60-year-old Omani national died of complications due to the virus on Tuesday night, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries in the country rose to 888.

The first two coronavirus cases in Oman were announced on February 24 after two Omani women were infected during a trip to Iran.

Since then, the government has imposed strict measures to prevent the virus from spreading further. The lockdown in the capital Muscat was extended until the end of May and Ramadan mass gatherings were banned.]]>
5/6/2020 11:50:27 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's PM directs expanding manufacturing medical face masks]]>
These remarks were made by Madbouli as he chaired a special committee meeting to follow up on the medical situation pertaining to combating the spread of coronavirus. The meeting was attended by Presidential Adviser for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tageldine, Minister of Health Hala Zayed, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghafar, Head of the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Medical Supply and Technology Management (AUPP) General Bahaa el Dine Zedan and Head of the Egyptian Drug Authority Tamer Essam.

He said that there will be coordination with factories to swiftly allocate production lines to face masks.

Also, Madbouli directed to contract on the vaccine of seasonal flu to be available by the beginning of the coming winter season.

This comes within the governmental approach to take preemptive steps to avoid any future crises.

Madbouli checked the availability of the medical equipment and the needs of the hospitals.

He asserted the importance of abiding by the preventive measures against coronavirus in the different sectors and facilities of the state.

During the meeting, Zayed explained the coronavirus map in Egypt until May 4.

The meeting underlined the importance of wearing medical face masks in the streets, at work, during shopping and in the public transportation to avoid the infection with COVID 19.]]>
5/6/2020 11:47:00 AM
<![CDATA[British Council Brings Free Digital Library to Egypt]]>
The British Council offers you now free access to a great British Council digital library, for free. The British Council was long known to have one of the most popular and valuable English libraries in Egypt; this new Digital Library continues this tradition.


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With teaching centres temporarily closed, the global education expert took this step to continue to support English learners with free online resources to help them improve their language skills.

Members aged 18 and above can register online and access thousands of newspapers, magazines, the best of British Theatre, independent films and box office movies, music concerts, E-Books and Audio Books and even comics All are now exceptionally available for free to Egyptians during the time of the coronavirus crisis.


Elizabeth White, Country Director of the British Council, said: ”During these difficult times, we want to continue to connect Egyptians with the best of the UK’s knowledge and resources. Our vision is that the future for the UK depends on people of all cultures living and working together on foundations of education, mutual understanding, respect and trust. Now, more than ever, we need to facilitate cultural exchange and collaboration. We invite you and your children to access this great treasure-house of creativity and culture - from your home”

Video-based training courses are also part of the online learning resources available that provide access to a vast library of career readiness and student engagement.

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Although millions of learners across Egypt are deprived of attending school and university, the British Council upheld its mission of creating opportunities, especially through the English language. The Teaching Centres successfully led the region with the first virtual English classes for adults, after reorganizing the curriculum to deliver quality and effective learning. The National Teacher Training Programme, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, continued its English teacher training programme online to thousands across the country. British Council also began running an online English teacher training programme for teachers in Luxor, as part of the Tiba Project, in collaboration with Al Azhar, which aims to impact over 6,000 students at Al Azhar.

The Digital Library is a fun and entertaining way to practice English and interested members can register through the local website and have access to

Newspapers: 2,400 full-text newspapers from over 100 countries

Magazines: 4,000 full-colour, digital editions such as Newsweek for instant desktop and mobile reading. Library members can select both new and back issues, adding them to personal reading libraries with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits to the number of magazines checked out

EBooks and Audio Books: Read or listen on the go to over 3,000 titles from all major publishers and authors
Comics and Graphic Novels: 1500+ comic titles are available to library members of all ages
Music: over 1,500 of live moments in music, full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to any digital device
Independent Films: streaming movie service that offers access to over 7,000 pop culture favourites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Library members can instantly view thousands of titles from around the world, including the best from classic TV, horror, comedy, film festival darlings
Theatre: The best of British theatre to teachers and students - library members can enjoy more than 600 productions, as well as talks and discussions from leading theatre practitioners
Academic Books: 100,000 eBooks in all academic subject areas along with powerful research tools. Subject areas include: Anthropology, Business and Economics, Computers & IT, Education, Engineering & Technology, Fine Arts, History, Language & Literature, Law, Life Sciences, Medicine, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Religion and Social Sciences
Software Training: online how-to training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, google Docs and IPad

In June, the first British Council Digital Libraries App will be launched, enabling customers to access the content from their smartphones anywhere, anytime.


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5/5/2020 10:21:20 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 388 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 98 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1730 out of 2224 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

On Tuesday, Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar referred to the efforts of Egyptian universities and research centers in carrying out most of the clinical trials in Africa, with 22 clinical trials out of 30 experiments conducted by African countries.

According to the clinical trials website, the minister announced that Egypt ranks first among Middle Eastern and African countries carrying out experiments to find a cure for the emerging coronavirus "Covid-19".

Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Egypt has conducted half of the experiments carried out by countries in the Middle East to find a medicine that resists the emerging coronavirus; the Middle Eastern countries have carried out 44 experiments since the outbreak of the virus in China.

He pointed out that Egypt comes at the forefront, followed by Iran, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

Egypt also announced on May 3, that it will start injecting plasma of patients who have recovered from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) into severely ill patients with the novel virus, Health Minister Hala Zayed said.

Plasma from recovered cases has the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Zayed said that Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.

On April 23, 2020, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli announced that the night-time curfew hours were shortened to start from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am during the holy month of Ramadan.

Madbouli added that the commercial centers are allowed to open over the whole week until 5:00 pm.

The Prime Minister announced that the state and the Egyptians have to cope with COVID-19 impacts via precautionary measures as the disease could exist for a long time.

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5/5/2020 5:56:59 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus meter: 165 infections, 12 deaths among Egypt's medical teams ]]>
Therefore, professional syndicates monitor infection cases and deaths among medical teams or the “White army” as known in the media, in a bid to protect them.

Egypt Today provides in the following lines the figures of infected cases among doctors, nurses and other specializations:

1- Physicians:

95 infections

8 deaths


2- Nursing staff:

55 infections

3 deaths


3- Dentists:

10 infections
1 death

4- Physiotherapy

5 infections




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5/5/2020 5:33:03 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus death toll rises among Egyptian doctors to 8]]>
Hindawy was a professor of neurosurgery at the Faculty of Medicine of Al-Azhar University for Girls. By his death, the number of doctors who passed away after infection with COVID-19 rises to eight.

The Doctors’ Syndicate mourned the death of Mamdouh el-Sayed, the head of the Ambulance Department in Sohag, who died Friday of coronavirus.

Vice-Dean of Medicine Faculty at Cairo University Hisham el-Saket was also infected with coronavirus and died Monday morning at Obour Hospital at Ain Shams University.

“The syndicate does not have an accurate count of the number of doctors infected with COVID-19, but according to the latest statistics received, the number of infections reached 90 doctors, and the figure is expected to increase,” said Secretary General of Medical Syndicate Ehab el-Tahir.

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report on April 13, in which it stated that the number of infections in medical teams represent 13 percent of the number of infections across Egypt.


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5/5/2020 4:35:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt carries out highest number of COVID-19 clinical trials in ME to find cure for coronavirus]]>
According to the clinical trials website, the minister announced that Egypt ranks first among Middle Eastern and African countries carrying out experiments to find a cure for the emerging coronavirus "Covid-19".

Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Egypt has conducted half of the experiments carried out by countries in the Middle East to find a medicine that resists the emerging coronavirus; the Middle Eastern countries have carried out 44 experiments since the outbreak of the virus in China.

He pointed out that Egypt comes at the forefront, followed by Iran, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

The minister saidin a statement issued by the Ministry of Higher Education on Tuesday that among the Egyptian universities that participated in these experiments are Ain Shams University, Cairo University, Assiut University, Tanta University, Kafr El-Sheikh University, Zagazig University, Al-Azhar University, in addition to the National Research Center.

Abdel-Ghaffar pointed out that although some countries conducted up to1,161 clinical studies, Egypt came in the top ten countries in the world in terms of conducting clinical trials to combat the emerging coronavirus.

He Confirmed that this comes in light of the political leadership's keenness to support the role of science and Egyptian scientists in finding solutions to control the spread of the coronavirus.

It is worth noting that these researches include a retrospective study of respiratory patients from November 2019 to February 2020, a study of the genetic sequence of the coronavirus for Egyptian patients, the use of plasma treatment of recovering patients, and a comparative study of some drugs used globally and other laboratory and clinical research.

The clinical trials website is affiliated with the National Institute of Health in the United States of America. It is also a database for the registration and results of clinical studies supported by the public and private sectors conducted around the world.

Egypt registered on May 4, 348 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 7 deaths over the last 24 hours, raising the total infected patients to 6,813 and the mortality to 436 deaths, according to the Health Minister’s daily briefing.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic last December, the contagious disease has infected more than 3.6 million people globally and killed more than 252,000 people.

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5/5/2020 4:22:54 PM
<![CDATA[Emergency monetary subsidies reimbursed to workers at 197 tourism establishments in Egypt ]]>
The breakdown is 156 hotels, 34 travel agencies, four restaurants, and three diving centers, member of the Egyptian Federation for Tourism Chamber Wahid Assem told press Tuesday.

Assem added that payments will be reimbursed to workers at around 1,262 tourism establishments in the coming days as those working in bazaars have not received the emergency monetary assistance yet.

The businessman pointed out that the subsidies are provided by the Emergency Fund at the Ministry of Manpower. The sum is equivalent to the salary registered at the Social Insurance Authority, and is transferred to the bank accounts indicated in the applications submitted to the ministry. The minimum and maximum amounts are LE600 and LE1765, respectively.

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) is offering LE50 billion in loans to the tourism sector which is exempted from real estate tax for 3 months.

The measures - announced to support companies and businesses throughout the crisis - include real estate tax exemption for 3 months, paying the fees of tax statement reports over 3 installments until June 30, and removing holds on bank accounts of default investors if they pay 10% of the debt.

The Ministry of Social Solidarity announced that 100,000 families would join the monetary subsidies program Takaful & karama on April 15 as part of expanding the social safety network amid COVID-19 outbreak.

The families would receive the social allowance monthly starting mid-April. At present, the program covers around 2.4 million families. Twenty-seven percent of individual beneficiaries are disabled, 17.5 percent are female breadwinners, nine percent are elderly, and one percent is orphans.

The state has allocated LE100 billion to face the COVID-19 pandemic, including LE1 billion that was granted to the Ministry of Health and Population. Starting April 14, the state began paying 1.5 million irregular workers LE500 monthly as an emergency allowance.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi also instructed the Egyptian Armed Forces to distribute around 3-4 million staple boxes at subsidized prices and for free among certain social segments if needed.

Manpower min.: 2.5 million beneficiaries of President Sisi's grant for irregular workers

CAIRO - 27 April 2020: Manpower Minister Mohamed Saafan said that 2.5 million beneficiaries will receive President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's three-month grant for irregular workers. In an interview with MENA Board Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Ali Hassan on Monday, the minister said that the first stage of disbursing the presidential grant for seasonal workers was finalized from April 13 to April 16.



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5/5/2020 1:39:48 PM
<![CDATA[Air bridge to repatriate 5,300 Egyptians stuck in Kuwait launches May 5]]>
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli stated Tuesday that the quarantine at the dorms is at the expense of the state, and that staying at a hotel at the passenger's own expense is an option.

Egypt's Ambassador to Kuwait Tarek al-Qouni stated in a phone-in that Egyptians whose residency permits expired in Kuwait are kept in shelters, and that one flight will evacuate women and children while the other will bring back the elderly.

Spokesperson of the Cabinet Nader Saad said in a phone-in Monday that Egyptian expats who remained in Kuwait despite the expiry of their residency have been put in a critical situation due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Saad stated that the number of those surpasses 5,000, and that they must be repatriated over 32 flights. He added that the prime minister will hold a meeting Tuesday to finalize a schedule for their return so as two flights will be operated daily.

The Cabinet spokesperson declared that the priority on May 5-6 is bringing home women, children, and humanitarian cases. He expressed appreciation for Kuwaiti authorities for exempting violators from penalty and fines.

Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram indicated in a press statement that the number of Egyptians who breached residency rules in Kuwait is around 5,300, and that they shall be brought home over batches by Eid El Fitr.

The minister assured others stuck in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey that plans of their repatriation have been set and would be presented to the prime minister on Tuesday for consultation and approval.

On March 31, EgyptAir concluded the repatriation of 1,500 Egyptians stuck in Kuwait since the aviation suspension began on March 19.

Makram told TV host Amr Adib on April 11 that stranded Egyptians are classified into categories that are citizens who have been on business trips and tourism trips, were visiting relatives, and students who had to leave the dorms and have nowhere to stay.

"At this stage, priority is given to those and not expats who want to return after their contracts were ended or their businesses were shut down," the minister stated.

Egypt's journey of bringing home thousands of stranded citizens in time of coronavirus pandemic

CAIRO - 11 April 2020: Since the suspension of international aviation on March 19, Egypt operated exceptional flights to bring home thousands of stranded Egyptians. Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram told TV host Amr Adib on Friday that stranded Egyptians are classified into categories that are citizens who have been on business trips and tourism trips, were visiting relatives, and students who had to leave the dorms and have nowhere to stay.



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5/5/2020 12:46:39 PM
<![CDATA[Russia confirms 10,000 new coronavirus infections]]>
It said 95 people died from the virus over the past 24 hours.

Russia is now the seventh most-affected country in terms of infections, having surpassed China, Turkey and Iran last week.]]>
5/5/2020 12:15:48 PM
<![CDATA[4th exceptional flight to Washington repatriates 327 stranded Egyptians]]>
On May 3, the third exceptional flight from Washington brought home 339 Egyptians. On April 5, the second exceptional EgyptAir flight to Washington carrying around 250 stranded Egyptians, including 49 students aged between 15 and 17, landed in Marsa Alam.

On April 3, an exceptional flight took off from Washington to Egypt with 293 passengers and 13 babies on board, to evacuate Egyptians stranded in the United States over coronavirus.

Repatriated Egyptians are quarantined in Marsa Alam hotels for 14 days, and their luggage are sterilized upon arrival.

Egyptian authorities are operating eight flights on May 5-8 to bring back Egyptians stuck in seven countries dispersed over three continents.

EgyptAir and Air Cairo will operate on May 5 exceptional flights to bring home stranded Egyptians from Washington, Baghdad, and Tanzania-Sudan.

Egyptians stuck in India will return to Egypt on May 6, while the following day, others will arrive from Chad and Ghana.

Two exceptional flights will carry 300 stranded Egyptians from Istanbul to Egypt on May 8. Repatriated citizens land in Marsa Alam, which is a resort town lying on the Red Sea coast, where they are quarantined for 14 days.

International aviation has been suspended in Egypt since March 19, and dozens of exceptional flights have been operated to bring home thousands of stranded Egyptians.
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5/5/2020 11:23:23 AM
<![CDATA[Vice-dean of Cairo’s faculty of dentistry tested positive for COVID-19]]>
Alam El-Deen said the committee tested 31 persons and all of the results came negative for Coronavirus except for one. The vice-dean of the faculty of dentistry, Essam Aziz, was tested positive for COVID-19 and referred to Al Kasr al Aini hospital to receive treatment at the hospital’s isolation department dedicated to Cairo University’s staff members.

The vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Hisham El-Saket, died Sunday after contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In April, Hala Salah, dean of the faculty said 17 staff members at Al- Kasr Al-Aini Teaching Hospital affiliated to the faculty tested positive for coronavirus.

In remarks to “Al-Hikaya” talk show on MBC channel, Salah added that the infected staff members include doctors, nurses, and employees, noting that the Saket was one of the registered COVID-19 cases.

On Thursday, dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the Cairo University located in Greater Cairo’s Giza governorate tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the university’s spokesman said, adding that 17 contacts were traced and examined.

The administration of university announced full closure of the affected department, which houses many administration offices and some clinics, for 14 days, Spokesman Mahmoud Alam El-Deen said.

Egypt registered on Sunday 348 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 7 deaths over the last 24 hours, raising the total infected patients to 6,813 and the mortality to 436 deaths, according to the Health Minister’s daily briefing.

A total of 70 patients were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, bringing the number of recovered cases to 1,632 out of 2,139 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

The current COVID-19 mortality rate in Egypt is 6.6 percent, according to the Health Ministry’s official figures on Sunday, after a total of 429 cases have officially died of the novel virus, while deaths worldwide almost reached 250,000.
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5/5/2020 12:46:01 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan Praises Egyptian gesture after receiving medical aid]]>
The Sudanese government spokesperson Faisal Mohamed Saleh praised the Egyptian government’s gesture after receiving thousands of personal protective equipment for the medical staff and sterilizers to limit the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The member of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Health Emergencies, Siddig Tawer, said that the gesture asserts the strength and deepness of relations between Egypt and Sudan.

The medical shipment arrived earlier on Monday in Khartoum International Airport, carried by four Egyptian army planes.

Tawer described the step as a “noble” gesture from the Egyptian people that confirms the Egyptian continual support for Sudan during tough times.

The Egyptian ambassador to Sudan, Hossam Issa, said that the aid includes masks, sterilizers, ventilators, and other items used to limit the spread of the infectious virus.
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5/4/2020 11:22:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt may extend night-time curfew for more15 days: official]]>
The hours of the curfew will be kept unchanged as it starts from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, the official added on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media.

This decision of expanding the curfew will be announced after the cabinet’s weekly meeting.

As for the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, the curfew hours will be determined on the development of the situation of the Covid-19, he said.

On April 23, 2020, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli announced that the night-time curfew hours were shortened to start from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am during the holy month of Ramadan.

Madbouli added that the commercial centers are allowed to open over the whole week until 5:00 pm.

The Prime Minister announced that the state and the Egyptians have to cope with COVID-19 impacts via precautionary measures as the disease could exist for a long time.

Egypt registered on Sunday 348 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 7 deaths over the last 24 hours, raising the total infected patients to 6,813 and the mortality to 436 deaths, according to the Health Minister’s daily briefing.

New 70 patients were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, bringing the number of recovered cases to 1,632 out of 2,139 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

The current COVID-19 mortality rate in Egypt is 6.6 percent, according to the Health Ministry’s official figures on Sunday, after a total of 429 cases have officially died of the novel virus, while deaths worldwide almost reached 250,000.

In mid-April, the official death rate in Egypt, according to daily figures, reached 7.5%.

The recovered cases, according to the figures, represent 24.1 people per 100, while the number of those whose test results turned from positive to negative is 2,041, representing 31.5 percent.

The Health Ministry did not confirm any case that caught the virus twice, an official at the ministry told Egypt Today, affirming that all recoveries left hospitals and have never come back for treatment.
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5/4/2020 11:12:04 PM
<![CDATA[Plane carrying 2nd shipment of medical supplies leaves Guangzhou for Egypt]]>
The 25-ton shipment falls within the framework of the state’s plan to confront the coronavirus.

The medical supplies were purchased and transported at the expense of Hassan Allam Holding and El Sewedy Electric Group.

The medical supplies will be provided to the Egyptian Authority for Unified Drug Procurement, Medical Supply, and Medical Technology Management - which, according to law, is in charge of developing the national health mechanism and purchasing medical supplies.]]>
5/4/2020 10:31:50 PM
<![CDATA[3K tunnels destroyed in N. Sinai during past period, LE 600B projects established: Army Spox]]>
During a Phone call interview with extra news privet channel, Refae noted to the video that was released on Sunday, which stated that The Egyptian Armed Forces killed 126 “takfiris” (terrorists) in 22 raids and 12 operations carried out by the army and police forces in Central and North Sinai.





The Sunday statement added that the Armed Forces seized a number of weapons and explosive belts, which were possessed by the eliminated terrorists. The army also found and detonate 630 explosive devices that were planted to target the armed forces.

Also, Air Force managed to destroy 228 hideouts that belonged to terrorists and 116 four-wheel drive vehicles.

In his latest statements, Refae affirmed that the Army is doing huge efforts to protect all of the state’s strategic borders and ban terrorists from using it through tunnels to smuggle weapons or other terrorists that would destabilize the country or pose any danger or threat to Egyptians.

“Since 2015, Egypt’s Cabinet approved establishing the Sinai buffer zone at a depth of 5 km to protect the Egyptian security, we’ve been establishing the zone on various stages; as due to the citizens whom have been living there, we were not able to establish it all at once.” Refae said.

He added that establishing the zone took some time in order to relocated the residents to other places after paying compensation to them.

“Several successes have been achieved, and up to 3000 tunnels have been destroyed as some of them were at lengths of 3 kilometers or more, and depth of 30 meters underground” The Spokesperson added.

Refae affirmed that the forces succeeded to destroy the terrorists’ infrastructure in addition to impose its control over this area and to return daily life into normal in North Sinai.

He added that, due to Coronavirus pandemic things have changed especially regarding education; but hopefully this crisis would be ending soon.

“All sacrifices that the Armed forces made did not go down the drain; enormous gains were achieved and massive projects were built with total budget of LE 600 billion in different sectors.” The Spokesperson said.

Regarding the efforts exerted by the Armed Forces on Corona pandemic, Refae explained that the army has sterilized number of vital roads and building along with distributing facial masks in a number of governorates.

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5/4/2020 10:17:51 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan thanks Egypt for dispatching medical aid to curb COVID-19]]>
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed the Egyptian Armed Forces on Monday to send medical aid to Sudan prompting the latter to fly four military jets carrying medicine and protective equipment.

“This important move reflects the depth of relations between the two countries,” Egypt’s state-owned news agency MENA reported Sudanese government spokesman Faisal Mohamed Saleh on Monday.

“In the name of the government and people of Sudan, I express thanks and appreciation to our brothers in the Arab Republic of Egypt, leadership, and people," Saleh said, adding that the aid includes personal protective equipment (PPE)l, equipment for medical laboratories, sterilizers, medicines, and intravenous solutions, sterilization devices and equipment to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt had sent medical aids to China, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

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5/4/2020 10:06:44 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records new 348 COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths]]>
A total of 70 patients were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, bringing the number of recovered cases to 1,632 out of 2,139 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

The current COVID-19 mortality rate in Egypt is 6.6 percent, according to the Health Ministry’s official figures on Sunday, after a total of 429 cases have officially died of the novel virus, while deaths worldwide almost reached 250,000.

In mid-April, the official death rate in Egypt, according to daily figures, reached 7.5%.

The recovered cases, according to the figures, represent 24.1 people per 100, while the number of those whose test results turned from positive to negative is 2,041, representing 31.5 percent.

The Health Ministry did not confirm any case that caught the virus twice, an official at the ministry told Egypt Today, affirming that all recoveries left the hospitals and have never come back for treatment.]]>
5/4/2020 7:36:22 PM
<![CDATA[NAM Summit: Sisi urges global cooperation amid coronavirus crisis]]>
The summit is held to foster the global response the coronavirus pandemic, the Egyptian Presidency said in a statement, with the participation of many world leaders and the World Health Organization.

President Sisi, during the summit, called for providing the required medical and preventive supplies and enhancing scientific research to develop a treatment and a vaccine for the deadly virus. He also called for supporting the economies of developing countries and curbing the impact of the crisis on food security.

During the summit, the member states are set to coordinate their efforts to curb the spread of the novel virus and to discuss ways to deal with the virus from the health, economic and social aspects, the Egyptian Presidential spokesman, Bassam Radi noted earlier.

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, the current head of the Non-Aligned Movement; the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom; Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat and President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande all participated in the summit.

The NAM is the second largest grouping of states, consisting of developing countries that are not officially part of other blocs. It is concerned with ensuring sovereignty, national independence, and security of its member states.

Egypt's Sisi urges continuous African coordination to face coronavirus

CAIRO - 29 April 2020: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday highlighted the need for the continuous communication between African countries to coordinate joint efforts to face the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as he addressed a number of African heads of state via video conferencing, the Egyptian Presidency said.



Worldwide, coronavirus has caused the death of around 250,044 people, according to Worldometers, while the total number of cases stands at around 3,603,414 at the moment.

In Egypt, Ahmed Al-Sobky, assistant minister of health, on Monday said there is so far 348 new coronavirus cases. If the figures are approved by the ministry’s daily report, which is usually issued around 7 p.m, it would be one of the highest daily counts in the northeastern African country.

In a meeting with the health committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives (Parliament), Sobki said the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths reached 6,813 and 436 respectively.

The number of cases whose results turned from positive to negative is 2,139, Sobki said, including 1,632 people who totally recovered.]]>
5/4/2020 6:34:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s coronavirus death rate 6.6%: official figures]]>
In mid-April, the official death rate in Egypt, according to daily figures, reached 7.5%.

The recovered cases, according to the figures, represent 24.1 people per 100, while the number of those whose test results turned from positive to negative are 2,041, representing 31.5 percent.

Ahmed Al-Sobky, assistant minister of health, on Monday said there is so far 348 new coronavirus cases. If the figures are approved by the ministry’s daily report, which is usually issued around 7 p.m, it would be one of the highest daily counts in the northeastern African country.

In a meeting with the health committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives (Parliament), Sobki said the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths reached 6,813 and 436 respectively.

The number of cases whose results turned from positive to negative is 2,139, Sobki said, including 1,632 people who totally recovered.

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Plasma treatment
The Egyptian Health Ministry will start injecting plasma of patients who have recovered from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) into severely ill patients with the novel virus, the ministry quoted Minister Hala Zayed as saying late in April.

Plasma from recovered cases have the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Zayed said that Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.

Plasma were extracted from six people who have recovered from coronavirus, the ministry’s statement revealed, and tests indicated that three of them were good to use.

Plasma was already injected into one patient, the ministry said, adding that other patients will also undergo the same treatment, in accordance with the research protocol in this regard. The results will be continuously announced, said the statement.

Once patients respond to treatment, convalescent plasma therapy will be widely applied, through inviting recovered people to donate plasma, in order to help save patients who are in critical condition, the ministry added.

Earlier, Egypt started treating 50 coronavirus patients with the Japanese antiviral drug Avigan, announced Mohamed Tag El-Deen, the Advisor for Health Affairs to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Friday.]]>
5/4/2020 5:18:56 PM
<![CDATA[4 Egyptian military jets carrying medical aid head to Sudan upon president's directives]]>


The video posted on the Facebook page of the Egyptian Presidency's spokesperson showed statements reading "From the Egyptian People to the Sudanese People" written on the containers. The video showcased that the move comes as a sign of solidarity with African siblings and with a state with which Egypt shares historic ties.

The aids are a contribution in curbing the rise of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the neighboring state.

Egypt had sent medical aids to China, Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The aid sent to the United States on April 21 consisted of medical equipment, anesthesia drugs, and antibiotics as well as body bags, masks, and testing swabs.

On April 14, Egypt sent a large number of medical gowns to the UK in assistance to the British government’s efforts in its fight against the spread of Coronavirus.

On April 4, also upon the directives of President al-Sisi, the Egyptian Armed Forces sent to Italy two military jets carrying medical equipment, protective suits, detergents, and sanitizers.

In February, Egypt sent 1 million medical masks to China. The Minister of Health Hala Zayed flew to Beijing, China delivering ten tons of medical equipment.
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5/4/2020 4:52:52 PM
<![CDATA[No confirmed cases in Egypt caught coronavirus twice: health official]]>
The health condition of all recovered cases has been traced and assessed after they left quarantine, the official noted.

Separately, the ministry called on citizens to follow the preventive procedures to fight the novel pandemic, including wearing face masks in public transportation means, hotels, restaurants as well as other public places and maintaining social distancing while dealing with older people, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

Health Minister Hala Zayed in March warned against visiting the older people or pregnant women, considering them at a higher risk of complications in the event of contracting the deadly virus.

However, no reported deaths of pregnant women have been so far reported. Many experts also affirmed that there is no evidence that pregnant women are at an increased risk of miscarriage or developing severe symptoms. Also, no evidence shows that they can transmit the disease to their unborn children, although some reports suggest that this can happen.

Pics: 2 babies born to mothers with coronavirus in Egypt

CAIRO - 13 April 2020: Prime Minister's Media Advisor Hany Younes posted photos for two newborn babies, saying that two women in Egypt infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) gave birth successfully at dawn.



Egypt recorded, Sunday 272 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 6465 and the total deaths to 429 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 40 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1,562 out of 2,041 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

’Coexistence’ plan

Late, in April, the health minister reviewed the ministry’s plan to fulfill the state’s strategy based on coexistence with the novel virus in the coming period, as the end of the crisis is not yet in sight.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli via video conferencing, the minister noted that the plan is based on following all necessary in various facilities and reassessing the epidemiological situation every 14 days. She affirmed the need for state institutions to set immediate penalties for violators of these measures.

Companies, malls, markets and transportation means will be included in the plan, Zayed said, while affirming that some places that pose a high risk of infection must remain closed. Services in these places should be reached via electronic ways as much as possible, she added.

The minister also referred to some additional public safety procedures in case institutions were opened, including checking the temperature of those entering them, allocating a room inside each institution to isolate any coronavirus suspected cases.

The plan also recommends reducing workers per shift, keeping institutions well-ventilated and reducing the use of air-conditioners whenever possible.]]>
5/4/2020 4:15:49 PM
<![CDATA[8 exceptional flights to bring home stranded Egyptians until May 8]]>
EgyptAir and Air Cairo will operate on May 5 exceptional flights to bring home stranded Egyptians from Washington, Baghdad, and Tanzania-Sudan.

Egyptians stuck in India will return to Egypt on May 6, while the following day, others will arrive from Chad and Ghana.

Two exceptional flights will carry 300 stranded Egyptians from Istanbul to Egypt on May 8. Repatriated citizens land in Marsa Alam, which is a resort town lying on the Red Sea coast, where they are quarantined for 14 days.

International aviation has been suspended in Egypt since March 19, and dozens of exceptional flights have been operated to bring home thousands of stranded Egyptians.
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5/4/2020 4:11:48 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo airport receives 2nd medical supplies shipment of Egyptian drug authority]]>
In a statement released by the authority on Monday, the 24.5-ton shipment comes as part of the State's plan to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

An EgyptAir flight will bring the supplies, which are being funded by Hassan Allam Holding and El Sewedy Electric companies.

In April, the authority offered 40 tonnes of supplies after adding the first shipment, which had been funded by El Sewedy Electric.

Head of the authority Bahaa El-Din Zaidan said the authority was keen on offering medical supplies that face a shortage in the local market, therefore it coordinated efforts of large national companies who seek to support the state amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The authority succeeded in importing the supplies despite restrictions on importing them globally, he stated, adding all the supplies had been provided without burdening the state treasury.

It is noteworthy that the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Supply and Medical Supply and the Department of Medical Technology is working on developing the health system, as it specializes in making purchases of human medical preparations and supplies for all government agencies and bodies.

It should be noted that Egypt recorded on May 3, 272 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 6465 and the total deaths to 429 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.]]>
5/4/2020 3:43:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's defense minister attends line-up of Thunderbolt Forces ]]>


The general commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces was accompanied by Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid and a number of high-ranking commanders, the video report posted on the military spokesperson Facebook page indicated.

Commander of Thunderbolt Forces affirmed that the elements work with great willpower and determination to secure the homeland's properties, and that they always deploy efforts to upgrade their capabilities. The commander stressed that the forces take all protective measures required against COVID-19.

The minister listened to the topographic and tactical guidance given to the forces, and the measures taken to upgrade their combat readiness. Later on, he delivered to the Thunderbolt Forces the greetings of Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of 10th of Ramadan Day marking the victory of 6th of October War in 1973.

Minister Zaki pointed out that the Thunderbolt Forces are one of the strong arms on which the Egyptian Armed Forces depend on. The minister also highlighted that the Egyptian Army still accomplishes missions on all strategic fronts of the country in parallel to supporting the state's efforts in the face of COVID-19, and contributing in the integrated development plan along with other state institutions.

The general commander checked in the end the forces and the equipment as well as protective products manufactured by the army's factories to control the spread of coronavirus.
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5/4/2020 2:51:22 PM
<![CDATA[WHO: Cairo, Giza have highest coronavirus counts in Egypt]]>
The data reveals that the Mediterranean governorate of Alexandria, one of, if not the most popular destination for Egyptian holiday makers, comes third, followed by Greater Cairo’s Qalyubia governorate, then the northern Menofia governorate, then Damietta in the northeastern part of the country.

Upper Egypt’s governorates of Luxor, Beni Suef, Aswan and Qena come in the sixth, seventh, ninth and tenth places respectively.

The northern governorate of Gharbia came at the eighth place.

Late in April, North Sinai recorded its first infection with coronavirus, and isolated the case in Bir El Abd Hospital, according to a statement by the Health Directorate in North Sinai.

Also, Matrouh governorate, in the northwestern part of the country, has shown a low rate of coronavirus infection. Matrouh has the first hospital to be designated as a quarantine hospital in Egypt.

Egypt recorded, Sunday 272 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 6,465 and the total deaths to 429 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 40 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1,562 out of 2,041 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.]]>
5/4/2020 1:53:00 PM
<![CDATA[1.2% of Egyptian Railway Authority's workers suspended over drug use]]>
The employees who tested positive have been suspended until they fulfill a treatment program, and undergo two tests within the next six months.

The screening covered those working in the sectors of railroads, signaling, track transitions as well as drivers, and co-pilots among others. The tests were carried out jointly by the authority's medical center and the Fund for Drug Control.

The screening came as result of the Ramses Railway Station blaze that occurred on February 27, 2029, and incurred the death of 31 and the injury of 17.

A train, with no driver on board, was seen moving at an extremely high speed and crashing into the platform's buffer stop.

The collision caused an explosion of the fuel tank and triggered a huge blaze, leaving dozens killed.

Immediately, 30 ambulances arrived at the scene to transfer the injured to the nearest hospitals while fire fighters managed to control the blaze.

The Egyptian Cabinet announced LE 80,000 ($4,570) as a compensation for each family of the victims who were killed in the blaze, and LE 25,000 ($1,428) for each of the injured. Also, Alaa al-Zohairi, head of the Insurance Federation of Egypt, said that LE 30,000 ($1,713) would be immediately given to each of the victims' families.

Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed said that some of the injured individuals were in a critical condition, while others suffered light-to-medium injuries, adding that some of them suffer bruises and broken bones.

Cairo criminal Court sentenced on March 9 the main defendant in the Ramses Railway Station train accident to 15 years in prison and fined him LE 8.89 million. The court sentenced another defendant in the case for 10 years in prison and handed two others 7 year imprisonment. The convicts were charged of negligence and gross breach.
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5/4/2020 1:30:16 PM
<![CDATA[Awqaf min. decides to set up unit to measure religious public opinion]]>
In statements on Sunday, the minister said that he appointed Ahmed Abdel Raouf, the head of the central department for monitoring and evaluation, as the unit's chairman.

The unit, which groups a number of university professors and experts in measuring public opinion, will be tasked with assessing the performance indicators for the Awqaf Ministry in the various fields and determining the issues that occupy religious public opinion from all segments, especially youth. ]]>
5/4/2020 12:19:05 PM
<![CDATA[Italy eases coronavirus restrictions after two month lockdown]]>
Around 4.4 million people will return to work on Monday, after being confined to their homes since early March.

Italy was the first European country to have a serious outbreak of COVID-19. There have been more than 28,000 deaths in the country and 210,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus.

The country has seen a decrease in the daily death toll and hospitalizations with 174 people dying on Sunday.

Those who have coronavirus symptoms or a fever of more than 37.5 degrees Celsius must stay at home as officials continue to trace potential cases and contacts.]]>
5/4/2020 12:17:45 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s establishments move to back women amid pandemic]]>
The initiative aims to mitigate the social impact of the virus women all over the world.

Egypt’s permanent representative to the UN ambassador Mohammed Idris said that the Egyptian delegation communicated with the executive director of the UN Women and the member states to exchange experiences in order to face the current challenge.

Idris added that the initiative asserts the Egyptian leadership in planning initiatives that support women amid the current pandemic.

He pointed out that the Egyptian delegation at the UN viewed the report made by the NCW that includes programs and suggestions to support Women.

Idris said that Egypt along with other countries presented a draft to the UN’s General Assembly in order to receive international support for women and girls suffering from the pandemic’s outcomes.

According to the statistics, Women working in the medical field represent 75 percent of the workforce, while in Egypt they represent 41.1 percent and 91.1 percent of the nursing field.]]>
5/4/2020 7:34:48 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 272 coronavirus cases,14 deaths]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 40 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1562 out of 2041 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

The Egyptian Health Ministry will start injecting plasma of patients who have recovered from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) into severely ill patients with the novel virus, Minister Hala Zayed previously said.

Plasma from recovered cases has the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Zayed said that Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.

In the same context, sources affiliated with the Egyptian Ministry of Health also revealed the scenario set by the ministry to face the spread of the novel coronavirus as the number of cases exceeded 6 thousand cases.

The ministry is planning to include and prepare other apparatuses such as social clubs, hotels, and Universities’ dormitories to become quarantine hospitals ready to receive new cases that have contracted the infectious virus.

The step replaced equipping the existed quarantine hospitals, 17 hospitals, and will include other chest and fever hospitals all over Egypt to receive, sort, and diagnose any new cases.

The sources said that the Ministry launched the new strategy on Thursday in response to the new rise in the number of cases contracted the virus, adding that the patients showing mild symptoms will be immediately transferred to the new quarantine hospitals- previously used as social clubs and dormitories- to receive a full medical treatment.]]>
5/3/2020 9:32:10 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi directs government to continue working on megaprojects with applying utmost health-protective measures]]>
"President Sisi met with Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli and Presidential Aide for urban planning Amir Sayed Ahmed to be updated on the developments of the state's megaprojects amid the repercussions of the COVID-19 disease," said presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement on Sunday.

"Prime Minister Mabdouli reviewed the government’s scheme of the infrastructure required for the digitization of the governmental bodies and ministries in the new capital," Radi added.

In FY 2020/2021 draft budget, LE 6.8 billion will be allocated to the establishment of the data center in the New Administrative Capital, and LE 100 million are dedicated to archiving documents within the measures taken to achieve the relocation of the government and the Parliament in 2021.

LE 2.6 billion and LE 400 million are allocated to the mechanization of governmental services and the development of information infrastructure, respectively.

The New Administrative Capital, which is being built over 714 square kilometers by tens of thousands of workers, will be home to a government housing district, 29 ministries and other state institutions – including the Cabinet and Parliament buildings – and 20 residential neighborhoods that can accommodate 6.5 million people.]]>
5/3/2020 5:05:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian, Italian FMs urge cooperation in fighting coronavirus]]>
This comes a month after Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed arrived in Italy to deliver medical aid allocated by the Egyptian Armed Forces to the Italian side amid the coronavirus crisis.

During the phone call, Di Maio expressed appreciation for the medical aid provided by the Egyptian state, which he said helped Italy curb the spread of the virus and highlighted the spirit of solidarity and cohesion between the peoples of the two countries.

Shoukry and Di Maio also discussed the latest developments in Libya and ways to reach a comprehensive settlement to the crisis in the Arab country, in a manner that meets the aspiration of the Libyan people, restores security and stability in Libya and eradicates the threat posed by terrorist organizations on the security of the Libyan people and the region.

The two ministers agreed on the need to continue enhancing bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Italy in all fields and stressed the importance of continuing consultation on various issues of mutual concern.

Libya's Haftar declares end of Skhirat deal, accepts mandate to rule country

BENGHAZI, April 27 (MENA) - Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar announced that the general command of the armed forces accepts a mandate from the Libyan people to govern the country.




Late in April, The Egyptian Foreign Ministry affirmed that a political solution would be the best option for settling the conflict in Libya despite the existing disagreements. The statement stressed that Egypt seeks to achieve stability in Libya while preserving its unity and territorial integrity, ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

Egypt, however, asserted that a political solution does not mean, and should not lead, to any concessions or complacency in facing the armed militias and terrorists that are being supported by Turkey.

In this regard, the spokesman expressed Egypt's appreciation for the relative stability achieved by the Libyan army in the country, which led to a decline in the number of terrorist operations as well as the terrorist threat emanating from Libya.

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Libyan Armed Forces foil militias attack on 2 districts southern Tripoli, confiscate Turkish vehicles

CAIRO - 2 May 2020: The Libyan National Army (LNA) declared the confiscation of two Turkish Kirpi armored vehicles while foiling an attempt by the militias of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to enter Ain Zara district southern Tripoli on May 1.


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5/3/2020 4:03:39 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: 10th of Ramadan victory embodies Egyptians' ability to crush impossible]]>
"The anniversary of the 10th of Ramadan victory is one of the greatest days of Egypt's modern history that was created by the military and its memory will always be remembered," the president posted on his official page on social media websites.

“Hence, it has become an inspiring model and action plan to pass all difficulties into a better future.” he continued.



Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki sent a cable of greetings to President al-Sisi on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the 10th of Ramadan (October War) victory.

In the cable, Zaki praised the heroic role played by Egyptian servicemen on this memorable day to defend our homeland and uphold the Egyptian will.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid also sent a similar cable to Sisi to greet him on the same occasion.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Mufti Shawki Allam greeted the president and Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki and all Egyptians on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the 10th of Ramadan victory.

Delivering a speech on this occasion, Allam said that the unity, integration, and sacrifices of all Egyptians were the main reason for this great triumph.

This spirit is needed at all levels to help the country achieve comprehensive economic, social, and political development, Allam added.

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5/3/2020 2:58:40 PM
<![CDATA[Video: 126 terrorists killed in Sinai operations: Egyptian Army]]>
Also, four officers, three non-commissioned officers and eight soldiers were either killed or injured during the operations, the statement noted, without specifying the exact number of deaths.

This comes two days after 10 army members, including two officers, were “either killed or injured” in a terrorist attack in Bir El Abd city, North Sinai, according to Military Spokesman Tamer Al-Refae.

In a statement, the Armed Forces said it could seize a number of weapons and explosive belts, which were possessed by the eliminated terrorists.

The army could also find and detonate 630 explosive devices that were planted to target the armed forces. The opening of eight tunnels were also discovered and destroyed.

Also, the Air Force managed to destroy 228 hideouts that belonged to terrorists and 116 four-wheel drive vehicles, the statement added.

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On Friday, a day after the North Sinai tragedy, the military spokesman said two high-risk terrorists were shot dead in a shoot-out with Egyptian armed forces in North Sinai.

The Interior Ministry on Friday mourned the death and injury of the army officers and soldiers and denounced the terrorists’ “abortive attempts” to harm the nation.

“Such abortive attempts will not stop the brave Armed Forces’ men from defensing the resources of the nation,” the ministry said in a brief statement.

In the early hours of Sunday, the Interior Ministry said police forces killed 18 “terrorist elements” in the same area, as forces raided a house, where they were hiding to plan their hostile operations.

The security forces managed to seize 13 automatic firearms, three explosive devices and three explosive belts, according to the statement.

Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years since the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Several operations have been taking place in Sinai against terrorists, as many Egyptian officers and soldiers have martyred in the battle.]]>
5/3/2020 2:46:57 PM
<![CDATA[184 Ukrainians to leave Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh on May 3]]>
International aviation has been suspended in Egypt since March 19. Yet, tourists who had arrived before the suspension were allowed to continue their programs and leave on scheduled dates. A number of those expressed desire to remain in Egypt as COVID-19 crisis took its toll on their countries.

The authorities approved in condition that they are tested for coronavirus. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed their countries, and the travel agencies coordinated with the Ministry of Interior to extend the duration of their visas.

Hotels and resorts across the country were instructed to quarantine workers for 14 days after the departure of the last tourist.

Iraq operated on April 13 two exceptional flights that took off from the Egyptian capital Cairo to the Iraqi capital Baghdad, evacuating 324 Iraqi nationals over coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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5/3/2020 1:21:25 PM
<![CDATA[1M tons of wheat delivered since start of local supply season in Egypt]]>
The local season will continue for three months as Egypt targets to procure 3.6 million tons of the grain from local farmers.

Wheat sorting and receiving committees across the nation will continue working in Ramadan from 8am to 4pm, he said.

To reduce crowds, a second shift was introduced in silos that have lights to start after Iftar breaking and run from 8pm to 11pm, he added.]]>
5/3/2020 1:03:04 PM
<![CDATA[7 mega warehouses to be built to triple duration of staple stocking in Egypt]]>
The official explained that the goal is extending the duration of staple stocking from 3 months to 8-9 months. The beginning will be with Giza and Qalyoubiyah, while Beni Suef, Qena, Gharbeya, Ismailiyah, and Beheira will follow.

The warehouse in Giza will be built in 6th of October City over 50 feddans, and the other in Qalyoubiyah will span over the same surface area.

The agency's head revealed that the company eyed for the project ranks sixth in the world in logistics management and that it has operations in 112 countries but did not disclose its name.

Ashmawy stated that the governorates' municipalities are allocating lands for the intended warehouses as their construction and operation in partnership with the government will be offered for private investors.

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5/3/2020 12:50:29 PM
<![CDATA[Evacuation flight brings back 339 Egyptians stranded in US]]>
This is the third exceptional flight to arrive from Washington, DC, a source at the airport said. The first two flights arrived in April.

Also, a flight operated by the Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir took off on Sunday en route to Washington, DC, in order to repatriate 302 Egyptian citizens stranded in the US.

All arrivals will be quarantined in nearby hotels for 14 days, according to the instructions of the Egyptian Health Ministry.

On April 22nd, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

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Egypt recorded, Saturday 298 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 6,193 and the total deaths to 415 according to Health Minster Hala Zayed’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 62 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1,522 out of 1,970 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.]]>
5/3/2020 12:24:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Transport minister inspects 4th phase of Cairo Metro Line 3]]>
During his tour, Wazir followed up the finishing touches in progress before the line comes into operation upon receiving the equipment necessary for its test run to ensure operational safety before officially putting it into service.

The minister began his tour at El Nozha station where he inspected ticket counters, entry and exit gates, fire alarm systems and escalators.

He also followed up the latest progress in establishing Cairo Metro Line 3 workshop built over 65 feddans to be the largest of its kind in the Middle East and Africa.

The workshop will have a massive garage housing 15 double-lanes with a total capacity of 30 trains.

Wazir underscored the importance of adhering to anti-coronavirus precautionary measures, including disinfection operations at work sites and regularly checking workers' temperatures by digital thermometers before and after working hours.]]>
5/3/2020 11:34:00 AM
<![CDATA[UK coronavirus death toll nears 28,000]]>
The toll was updated after England recorded another 370 deaths in hospitals, Scotland another 40, Wales another 44 and Northern Ireland another 11.

As of yesterday, the total number of people who have died of Covid-19 in all settings stood at 27,510.

The new number will rise even further later today, when deaths in care homes and the wider community are announced.

Previously, the Department of Health only included deaths in hospitals in their daily figures. That number now stands at at least 23,753.

The government began including care home deaths in their figures earlier this week, amid concern it reflected a significant hidden death toll.

The UK now has the third highest number of recorded deaths in the world, which critics have blamed on the government’s slow response to the outbreak, including its testing strategy.]]>
5/3/2020 11:31:03 AM
<![CDATA[China: No new deaths, 2 new infections]]>
One new case was in the inland Shanxi province, west of Beijing, and the other was an imported one in Shanghai, according to the National Health Commission.

China’s official confirmed case count stands at 82,877. Most of the patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

China reported no new deaths Saturday and has recorded just one in the past two weeks. The country’s official death toll has reached 4,633.

The government has blocked virtually all foreigners from entering the country and sharply curtailed the number of international flights, making it difficult for Chinese citizens to return from overseas too.]]>
5/3/2020 11:28:45 AM
<![CDATA[Russia's coronavirus cases surge by over 10K in new one-day record]]>
Russia is now the seventh most-affected country in terms of infections, having surpassed China, Turkey and Iran last week.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Thursday confirmed that he has the coronavirus, making him the highest-ranking official in Russia to contract the virus.

In total, 1,280 people have been killed by the virus in Russia.

Russia has carried out more than 3 million coronavirus tests, though there have been concerns about their reliability.

Worldwide, the virus has infected over 3.4 million people.]]>
5/3/2020 11:27:03 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s security forces kill 18 ‘terrorists’ in North Sinai: Interior Ministry]]>
North Sinai’s attack in Bir El Abd city on Thursday have provoked international condemnation. Military spokesman Tamer Al-Refae did not specify how exactly was the number of deaths.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said intelligence information had revealed that the 18 elements were hiding in a house, which they used to plan their hostile operations.

The security forces managed to seize 13 automatic firearms, three explosive devices and three explosive belts.

The ministry on Friday, a day after the tragic attack, mourned the death and injury of army officers and soldiers in North Sinai in the attack and denounced the terrorists’ “abortive attempts” to harm the nation.

“Such abortive attempts will not stop the brave Armed Forces’ men from defensing the resources of the nation,” the ministry said in a brief statement.

Also on Friday, the military spokesman said two high-risk terrorists were shot dead in a shoot-out with Egyptian armed forces in North Sinai.

Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years since the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Several operations have been taking place in Sinai against terrorists, as many Egyptian officers and soldiers have martyred in the battle.]]>
5/3/2020 3:49:58 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt puts strategy to curb rise in COVID-19 cases]]>
The ministry is planning to include and prepare other apparatuses such as social clubs, hotels, and Universities’ dormitories to become quarantine hospitals ready to receive new cases that have contracted the infectious virus.

The step replaced equipping the existed quarantine hospitals, 17 hospitals, and will include other chest and fever hospitals all over Egypt to receive, sort, and diagnose any new cases.

The sources said that the Ministry launched the new strategy on Thursday in response to the new rise in the number of cases contracted the virus, adding that the patients showing mild symptoms will be immediately transferred to the new quarantine hospitals- previously used as social clubs and dormitories- to receive a full medical treatment.

The sources pointed out that medical teams will deal with the cases with mild symptoms as per the protocol set by the Ministry’s scientific committee, bearing in mind that cases with mild symptoms are not in a desperate need to be sent to the existing quarantine hospitals.

Only 9 from 1400 new cases housed by hotels and dormitories had to be sent to the quarantine hospitals, according to the sources, adding that the new strategy aims to keep the capacity of the hospitals for the cases with the severest symptoms.

The new strategy will also raise the efficiency of 34 hospitals in cooperation with other official parts in order to receive any expected rise in the COVID-19 cases, providing them with a full medical service that includes testing, quarantine, treatment, and the follow-up.

The hospitals will be equipped through a time course that will not exceed two weeks, also cases who do not show COVID-19 symptoms will be instructed to apply a self-house quarantine, said sources from the Ministry of Health.

Egypt recorded, Saturday 298 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 6193 and the total deaths to 415 according to Health Minster’s daily briefing.








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5/3/2020 1:50:49 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 298 COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 62 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1522 out of 1970 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

The Egyptian Health Ministry will start injecting plasma of patients who have recovered from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) into severely ill patients with the novel virus, Minister Hala Zayed previously said.

Plasma from recovered cases has the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Zayed said that Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.
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5/2/2020 11:55:21 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt contracts with Gilead to get remdesivir drug for COVID-19 patients]]>
In a phone call with Al-Hikaya talk show on MBC channel on Friday, the minister added that the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the first cargo of the medicine will be sent to Egypt.

The ministry has previously announced that it started injecting plasma of patients who have recovered from the deadly COVID-19 into severely ill patients with the novel virus. Plasma from recovered cases has the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Moreover, Egypt contacted the Japanese manufacturer of the antiviral drug Avigan to treat patients. The drug, developed by a group firm of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., has been stored in Japan as a treatment for influenza. Reports in China showed that the drug has been effective in treating COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Japan plans to provide Avigan for free to 20 countries hoping to use it to treat COVID-19 patients and will provide the United Nations Office for Project Services with a $1 million grant to buy and distribute the drug, according to Japan’s national daily The Mainichi.

Egypt recorded 298 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 6,193 and the total deaths to 415 according to the Health Minister's daily briefing on Saturday.

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5/2/2020 9:36:23 PM
<![CDATA[3-month infant left isolation hospital in Mansoura after recovery ]]>
After the girl’s tests showed she is free from the virus, the medical team advised her mother to agree to let her out of the hospital.

Two days after she left the hospital, the medical team brought a cake with the girl’s image on it and gave it to the mother to alleviate her sadness after she was aparted from her infant who had to leave the hospital after recovery.

On the same day, three other infected cases in the quarantine in Ismailia left hospital after they tested negative to the virus, raising the number of recovered cases to 102.
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5/2/2020 5:52:29 PM
<![CDATA[Awqaf ministry to air Isha', Taraweeh prayers as of Sunday]]>
The prayers, to be aired live on the radio, will be attended by the imam and two workers only, the ministry said in a press statement.

It added that the decision to close mosques nationwide is still effective to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The move was taken in cooperation between the Awqaf Ministry, the National Media Authority and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.]]>
5/2/2020 5:17:14 PM
<![CDATA[Earthquake felt in Mediterranean Sea measuring 6.2 magnitude, no damages reported]]>?
Dr. Jad Al-Qadi, head of the National Institute of Astronomical Research, revealed that the earthquake data were as follows:
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- Time of occurrence was at 14: 51:14 pm local time.
- Magnitude: 6.2 on the Richter scale
- Latitude: 3 ° 34.07N
- Longitude: 25.61 ° E
- Depth: 10 km

The head of the National Institute for Astronomical Research confirmed that he had not received any reports of any losses or injuries.

The strongest and latest powerful earthquake hitting Egypt took place in November, 1995 in the Gulf of Aqaba, hitting also Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale. 12 people reportedly died.

However, it is not the largest earthquake in terms of total damage. In 1992, a 5.3 magnitude hit Cairo, and caused the death of 545 people, according to World Data.
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5/2/2020 5:12:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt mulls using BRT systems on Ring Road to reduce traffic jam ]]>
BRT stands for Bus Rapid Transit, which are systems for buses aiming to reduce speed. These buses will have large capacity, run by electricity, and will stop at fixed stations that will be identified along the Ring Road.

Work is under way to allocate and equip isolated lanes and parking stations along the ring road. The implementation of this project will be under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport in cooperation with the governorates of Cairo, Giza and Qaliubiya.

The mechanism for implementing this project has not been established, and the number of lanes planned to be established is eight in each direction.

The Ministry of Transport is negotiating with the World Bank to provide financing for the cost of this project's implementation and its infrastructure in the form of a soft loan.
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Last November, Egyptian Minister of Transport discussed with Swedish Ambassador to Cairo Jan Thesleff ways of cooperation in road safety. Sweden has adopted years ago the Vision Zero, per which it was able to halve its road deaths; its vision has inspired many countries to follow in suit.

“During the meeting, we talked about finding smooth transport solutions, and you are building a very impressive metro system in Cairo, and there are other ways to ease traffic problems like the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems for buses, and measures to reduce speed. I was happy to discuss with our Egyptian partners ways of educating people and children about traffic risks,” said Thesleff in an interview with Egypt Today in February.

Vision Zero is an initiative that the Swedish government launched in 1995, where all stakeholders are brought together with the joint vision that no individual should die or be seriously injured on Swedish roads.

Under the vision, new measures and approaches have been introduced, for example, many roads have been equipped with a central barrier to prevent head-on accidents; the police can control the speed of cars with cameras; many four-road junctions have been replaced with roundabouts; the automotive industry is investing in safer cars, buses and safety enhancing equipment (e.g. traffic cameras and traffic monitoring systems); and when the traffic environment in urban areas is designed, the focus is on vulnerable road-users.

The UN has set a goal for countries to reduce road accidents worldwide by 50% until 2020; however, this goal was not achieved, and another strategy was announced last February during the 3rd Ministerial Global Road Safety Conference that took place in Stockholm to accomplish the mission.


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5/2/2020 4:17:43 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 in Egypt: Citizens’ behavior behind increasing rate of infection, says Minister]]>
The reason "is the citizens’ behavior, which should be changed as we cope with coronavirus, until finding a treatment drug or a vaccine,” Zayed said in a phone call with Al-Hikaya talk show on MBC channel.

The ministry added that the crowding that occurred before the beginning of the night-time curfew hours over the two weeks before the holy month of Ramadan kept the curve of the infection rate up.

She noted that the government is monitoring the movement of the citizens via Google, saying that the commitment of people to the precautionary measures announced by each country will be monitored in the coming period.

Google has launched a service called Community Mobility Report that shows the changes of people’s movements and mobility in public places via using location data of smartphones.

The mobility report on Egypt showed that the rate of mobility to grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, drug stores, and pharmacies declined by 40 percent in the period between March 15 to April 5, while the rate of decline has rebounded again to reach 11 percent from April 5 to April 26.

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The minister clarified that Egypt has reduced the number of curfew hours to prevent crowdings and to reduce the infection.

Zayed called upon people should abide by the protective rules like wearing face masks and social distancing, noting that the coming period will show how the people can protect themselves and the others

Two days ago, head of the Allergy and Immunology department in the Egyptian Institute for Vaccine and Serum (VACSERA) Amgad al-Haddad said the rate of infection with the COVID-19 disease in Egypt is likely to reach its peak in May due to the people’s reckless behavior regarding the protective measures against the pandemic.

"The gatherings are catastrophic [...] and everyone is equally exposed to the infection,” he said, calling upon people to follow a healthy diet and upon the elderly people to stay at home.

Egypt recorded, Friday, 358 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths, bringing the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 5,895 and the deaths to 406 according to the Health Minister's daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 79 patients were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, raising the number of recovered cases to 1,460 out of 1,875 who had been retested negative for the virus.

Since mid-March, Egypt has taken certain strict measures to protect the public from the spread of coronavirus pandemic. The government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting with suspending schools and universities, and international flights.

Furthermore, a night-time curfew has been imposed since March 24, 2020. Additionally, the Ministry of Awqaf [Endowment] extended the closure of the mosques and the places of worship nationwide until further notice.
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5/2/2020 3:04:13 PM
<![CDATA[WHO asserts coronavirus 'is natural in origin']]>
“We have listened again and again to numerous scientists who have looked at the sequence and looked at the virus and we are assured that this virus is natural in origin,” Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said at a press conference when asked about the virus' origins.

"What is important is that we establish what that natural host for this virus is, and the primary purpose of doing that is to ensure we understand the virus more, we understand the animal-human interface and we understand how the animal-human species barrier was breached," he said.

Ryan's remarks come a day after acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell announced that the US is investigating whether the virus originated in a lab in Wuhan, although he, too, emphasized that the US believes the virus is natural and not man-made. ]]>
5/2/2020 11:57:13 AM
<![CDATA[Defendant in custody for 15 days over assuming top prosecutor’s name]]>
The defendant is charged with assuming the name of the top prosecutor to threaten persons and illegally seize their funds.

A statement issued by the Public Prosecution had said Prosecutor General Hamda El Sawi ordered keeping the defendant in custody after a citizen filed a complaint that he was in a dispute with other persons over the ownership of a shop and that he tried to complain to the top prosecutor through the Facebook then he searched and found an account in the name of the top prosecutor.

The statement added that the defendant asked for money on a bank account to end the dispute over the shop but the citizen found out that the Facebook account was false, a matter that prompted the prosecution to keep the defendant in custody.]]>
5/2/2020 11:35:49 AM
<![CDATA[506 stranded Egyptians in Kiev, Moscow land in Marsa Alam Int'l Airport ]]>
Most passengers coming on Air Cairo Flight number 2116 were reported to be Egyptian students according to source told Youm7 newspaper.

Deputy Director of the Department of Quarantine in the Red Sea governorate Kareem Hisham said in a statement, that all of the sterilization procedures for passengers, plane and luggage were taken shortly after landing.

All 164 passengers are currently being tested and to be quarantined for 14 days, Hisham added.

Another 342 stranded Egyptians are expected to arrive in Egypt during the few next hours coming from the Russian Capital Moscow.

The flight also considers to be an exceptional flight; as all aviation in Egypt has been suspended since March 19.

A source told Youm7 newspaper that all arrivals will be quarantined for 14 days according to procedures announced by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier on Friday, two exceptional flights carrying 288 stranded Egyptian citizens from four countries landed in Marsa Alam International Airport, in the southeast of Egypt, as Egypt has worked to repatriate all expatriates who are willing to return amid the coronavirus crisis.

The first flight carrying 152 citizens from both Maldives and Muscat landed on Thursday evening in the airport. The second flight landed on Friday morning carrying 136 nationals from Ethiopia and Kenya.

The flights were operated by Air Cairo airline, which is part-owned by the Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir.

On April 22nd, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

Egypt recorded, Friday 358 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 5,895 and the total deaths to 406 according to Health Minster’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 79 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1,460 out of 1,875 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.





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5/1/2020 10:33:51 PM
<![CDATA[90 cases of COVID-19 among medical teams in Egypt: General Syndicate]]>
Taher also noted to the World Health Organization [WHO] report, issued on April 13, which says that 13 percent of COVID-19 infections in Egypt are among doctors and medical staff.

In a Friday statement, Taher said that the Syndicate demanded the Health Ministry to provide all means of protection for the medical teams, which allow them to continue their work safely with out being in danger of being infected.

The Syndicate also empathized the importance of making regular tests for the medical teams for early detection and isolation of positive cases.

Taher added that there are number of precautionary measures that all medical teams should abide by during work and especially amid the spread pf COVID-19 pandemic; otherwise, the Syndicate itself investigates with any medical member who proves to put his life and his colleagues life in danger.

On April 28, Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al Sisi ordered, providing all needed medical supplies to the quarantine and isolation hospitals all over the country.

According to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady, Sisi followed up with latest updates regarding workflow inside of the isolation hospitals, during a video conference meeting with number of the hospital’s directors.

Sisi described the hospitals as one of the state’s main pillars to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

Sisi expressed appreciation and pride regarding the huge efforts made by the medical staff working in these hospitals during such exceptional time.

Egypt recorded, Friday 358 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 5,895 and the total deaths to 406 according to Health Minster’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 79 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1,460 out of 1,875 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

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5/1/2020 9:59:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 358 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 79 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruses, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1,460 out of 1,875 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

On Thursday, dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the Cairo University located in Greater Cairo’s Giza governorate tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the university’s spokesman said, adding that 17 contacts were traced and examined.

The administration of university announced full closure of the affected department, which houses many administration offices and some clinics, for 14 days, Spokesman Mahmoud Alam El-Deen said.

The infection control committee tasked with the case has not determined the cause of the infection, he noted.

The whole building, including the dean’s office, the secretarial offices, clinics, bathrooms, stairs and the elevator were disinfected, Alam El-Deen said, adding that sterilization process will be carried out over two weeks.

All contacts were examined and isolated for 14 days, Azza Ezz El-Arab, the vice-dean of faculty said.

The Egyptian Health Ministry will start injecting plasma of patients who have recovered from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) into severely ill patients with the novel virus, Minister Hala Zayed said.

Plasma from recovered cases have the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Zayed said that Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.

Plasma were extracted from six people who have recovered from coronavirus, the ministry’s statement revealed, and tests indicated that three of them were good to use.
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5/1/2020 6:35:55 PM
<![CDATA[Military funeral in Sohag for of Sinai slain soldiers]]>
Security officials, executives, and scores of citizens then took part in public funerals held for Ahmed Ali Mohamed in Akhmim city and for Mohamed Hassanein Abdel Wahab in Idfa village.

Sohag governor offered condolences to the families of the slain soldiers, affirming the Egyptians' full support for their leadership, army, and police in their war against terrorism.
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5/1/2020 6:22:03 PM
<![CDATA[UAE develops potential breakthrough COVID-19 treatment]]>
The treatment was developed by a team of doctors and researchers at the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center, ADSCC, and involves extracting stem cells from the patient’s own blood and reintroducing them after activating them. The patent was granted for the innovative method in which the stem cells are collected.

The treatment was administered in the UAE to 73 COVID-19 patients who have all been successfully treated and cured of the virus by inhaling the treatment into their lungs after it has been nebulized into a fine mist. It is hypothesized to have its therapeutic effect by regenerating lung cells and modulating the immune response to keep it from overreacting to the COVID-19 infection and causing further damage to healthy cells.

The treatment has successfully undergone the initial phase of clinical trials, demonstrating its safety. None of the patients who have received the treatment reported immediate adverse effects and there have been no interactions found with the conventional treatment protocols for COVID-19 patients. Trials to demonstrate the efficacy of the treatment are ongoing and are expected to be completed in a couple of weeks. ]]>
5/1/2020 5:50:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Interior Ministry says terrorism fails to stop army’s mission]]>
The attack on North Sinai’s Bi’r Al-Abd caused the death or the injury of eight army soldiers and two officers, said Military Spokesman Tamer Al-Rifae, without specifying the exact number of deaths.

“Such abortive attempts will not stop the brave Armed Forces’ men from defensing the resources of the nation,” the ministry said in a brief statement.


The ministry also wished the injured army men speedy recovery.

Also, Minister of Justice Omar Marwan condemned the attack, saying the “blood of the martyrs enhances our determination to eradicate the roots of corruption and protect our nation and humanity from its evil.”

Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years since the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Several operations have been taking place in Sinai against terrorists, as many Egyptian officers and soldiers have martyred in the battle.

The armed forces’ victims on Thursday were killed as a result of an explosive device blast which targeted an armored vehicle affiliated with the army.

EU, UAE condemn terrorist attack against army in Egypt's North Sinai

CAIRO - 1 May 2020: The United Arab Emirates on Friday denounced a terrorist attack on North Sinai's Bi'r al-Abd city, which caused the death or the injury of eight army soldiers and two officers, according to the military spokesman. Military spokesman Tamer Al-Rifae did not mention the exact number of deaths.




President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has mourned the victims.

“The terrorists have killed our heroes and sons in Bir al-Abd city, at North Sinai today. They are still trying to take away our country from us, but with God’s help and Egypt’s strong army we are capable of destroying their malicious hopes and treacherous souls” Sisi tweeted.

He added: “May God have mercy on our sons, and everyone who gave himself for our country, may God have mercy on everyone who sacrificed his blood for our country, in order to remain free with its flag always raised.”

On Friday, the military spokesman said two high-risk terrorists were shot dead in a shoot-out with Egyptian armed forces in North Sinai.

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5/1/2020 5:21:20 PM
<![CDATA[US condemns terrorist attack on Egyptian soldiers in North Sinai]]>
"The United States strongly condemns the April 30 attack in North Sinai on Egyptian soldiers. This attack is especially despicable as it comes during the holy month of Ramadan," he said in a statement.

"We express our condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. The United States continues to stand with the Egyptian government and people in the fight against terrorism," Ambassador Jonathan Cohen added.

Egyptian Military spokesman Tamer Al-Rifae announced on Thursday the death and injuring of ten military personnel, without mentioning the exact number of deaths.

The terrorist attack was condemned by a number of Arab and European countries who affirmed their full support for Egypt against terrorism.

On March 16, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced killing Six terrorists in Abu Shilla city, North Sinai. On February 11, 2020, 17 terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with police forces in Obeidat district in Arish, North Sinai, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years since the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Several operations have been taking place in Sinai against terrorists, as many Egyptian officers and soldiers have martyred in the battle.

Egypt’s army has also been playing a vital role during the critical timing of the new Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, as many streets and buildings have been sterilized, along with distributing free face masks to passengers and citizens in common places of gatherings advising them to use it in public places to avoid the emerging virus.
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5/1/2020 5:19:58 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt repatriates 288 citizens stranded in Ethiopia, Muscat, Kenya, Maldives]]>

The first flight carrying 152 citizens from both Maldives and Muscat landed on Thursday evening in the airport. The second flight landed on Friday morning carrying 136 nationals from Ethiopia and Kenya.

The flights were operated by Air Cairo airline, which is part-owned by the Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir.

A trained team from the Quarantine and Preventive Medicine Department followed the required precautionary measures with the passengers, Karim Hesham, deputy head of the health directorate in the Red Sea governorate said.

The passengers’ luggage was sterilized, said Hisham. The medical teams monitored the temperature of each of the passengers, tested them for COVID-19 antibodies and were taken to quarantine hotels to stay there for two weeks.

On April 22nd, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

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Egypt recorded Thursday 269 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 5,537 and the total deaths to 392, according to health minster’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 46 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the virus.

This raises the number of recovered cases to 1,381 out of 1,780 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.]]>
5/1/2020 4:39:01 PM
<![CDATA[Two high-risk terrorists killed in shoot-out in N.Sinai]]>
Upon intelligence information provided to armed forces on a hotbed of a group of terrorists in a farm in North Sinai, the forces carried out an operation in which a shoot-out occurred between two sides, he added.

Two highly dangerous terrorists were killed while a general-purpose machine gun, a wireless device, and ammunition were confiscated.

A terrorist attack on North Sinai's Bi'r al-Abd city caused the death or the injury of eight army soldiers and two officers, according to the military spokesman. The terrorist attack was condemned by a number of Arab and European countries who affirmed their full support for Egypt against terrorism.

On March 16, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced killing Six terrorists in Abu Shilla city, North Sinai. On February 11, 2020, 17 terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with police forces in Obeidat district in Arish, North Sinai, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years since the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Several operations have been taking place in Sinai against terrorists, as many Egyptian officers and soldiers have martyred in the battle.

Egypt’s army has also been playing a vital role during the critical timing of the new Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, as many streets and buildings have been sterilized, along with distributing free face masks to passengers and citizens in common places of gatherings advising them to use it in public places to avoid the emerging virus.



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5/1/2020 3:29:52 PM
<![CDATA[EU, UAE condemn terrorist attack against army in Egypt's North Sinai]]>
Military spokesman Tamer Al-Rifae did not mention the exact number of deaths.

"The UAE expresses its vehement condemnation of these criminal acts and its principled rejection of all acts of violence and terrorism," a statement issued by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

"This terrorist act is completely incompatible with all religious and humanitarian values and principles," it added.

The statement also reiterated UAE's support for Egypt and its firm solidarity with the Egyptian government and people in their fight against violence and terrorism.

The ministry expressed the UAE condolences to the families of martyrs as well as to the government and people of Egypt while wishing speedy recovery of those injured.

Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years since the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Several operations have been taking place in Sinai against terrorists, as many Egyptian officers and soldiers have martyred in the battle.

Also, the European Union Ambassador to Egypt Ivan Surkos condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to families of the Egyptian soldiers.

"Ramadan is a month of peace, solidarity, charity, and committing any violence or terrorist acts is even more deplorable."

Egypt's Sisi mourns Bir al-Abd terrorist attack martyrs

CAIRO - 30 April 2020: Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has mourned the Armed Forces martyrs who were killed and injured in North Sinai terrorist attack on Thursday. "The terrorists have killed our heroes and sons in Bir al-Abd city, at North Sinai today.



North Sinai recorded its first infection with coronavirus Thursday, and isolated the case in Bi'r al-Abd Hospital, according to a statement by the Health Directorate in North Sinai.

The statement said, “The hospital took all the precautionary and treatment measures as per the adopted protocol in dealing with the suspected cases with COVID-19.”

“The monitoring team carried out epidemiological investigations, clearance process of the case’s house, and followed up the procedures of tracking those who came in contact with the positive COVID-19 case,” added the statement.

In its statement, the health directorate called on all North Sinai residents to commit to the precautionary measures announced by the state to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, especially during this difficult period.
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5/1/2020 3:04:40 PM
<![CDATA[Vice-dean of Cairo University’s Medicine Faculty dies of coronavirus]]>
In April, Hala Salah, dean of the faculty said 17 staff members at Al- Kasr Al-Aini Teaching Hospital affiliated to the faculty tested positive for coronavirus.

In remarks to “Al-Hikaya” talk show on MBC channel, Salah added that the infected staff members include doctors, nurses, and employees, noting that the Saket was one of the registered COVID-19 cases.

Egypt's Cancer Institute patients test negative for COVID-19

CAIRO - 5 April 2020: After 17 medical staff members at the National Cancer Institute were quarantined upon testingpositive for COVID-19, all 60 patients lying at the hospital tested negative and are still receiving medical care normally. Spokesperson of Cairo University, to which the institute belongs,Mahmoud Alam el-Din stated that until present 413 samples have been taken from staff members.



On Thursday, dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the Cairo University located in Greater Cairo’s Giza governorate tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the university’s spokesman said, adding that 17 contacts were traced and examined.

The administration of university announced full closure of the affected department, which houses many administration offices and some clinics, for 14 days, Spokesman Mahmoud Alam El-Deen said.

The infection control committee tasked with the case has not determined the cause of the infection, he noted.

The whole building, including the dean’s office, the secretarial offices, clinics, bathrooms, stairs and the elevator were disinfected, Alam El-Deen said, adding that sterilization process will be carried out over two weeks.

All contacts were examined and isolated for 14 days, Azza Ezz El-Arab, the vice-dean of faculty said.

Daily report
Egypt recorded Thursday 269 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 5,537 and the total deaths to 392, according to health minster’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 46 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the virus.

This raises the number of recovered cases to 1,381 out of 1,780 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.
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5/1/2020 2:09:18 PM
<![CDATA[Riyadh condemns Sinai terrorist attack]]>
A statement issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry Friday expressed condolences to the families of the martyrs and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.

It reiterated the Kingdom's solidarity with Egypt in its fight against terrorism.

The attack left a number of army personnel dead and wounded.]]>
5/1/2020 2:04:37 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros: Marriage prayers allowed at churches, homes with 6 invitees only]]>
The Coptic Church said in an official statement that the newlyweds will write a declaration that the attendees should not exceed six with one priest and one deacon; all the precautionary measures to prevent COVID-19 spread should be taken.

The Coptic Church had decided to continue suspending all prayers at churches, including the prayers of the Holy Week, and to postpone the ritual of preparing the Holy Oil of Meron - one of the seven sacraments of the Church - an event of ecclesiastical, historical, and pastoral significance that the Pope performs with all the bishops, and bishops of the Holy Synod.

The church also assured that the funerals will be limited to the family of the deceased person.

The church also decided to stop the prayers of the wreaths, until the situation stabilizes, and the priests continue to follow the pastoral work of families, especially the special cases via social media.

The church decided to stop the advent wreath prayers, while priests to continue to follow the pastoral work.


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5/1/2020 1:08:52 PM
<![CDATA[Int’l Workers' Day: Sisi says Egypt’s laborers ‘driving force’ for progress]]>
“I assure you, Egypt's loyal workers, that you represent a national sector that is the driving force for building and progress, the main axis of development and the firm base for production,” Sisi said in a Facebook post.

The president greeted all “honorable workers, manufacturers and growers” of Egypt whose “strong will and sincere work” help the country set out for a “better future.”

Video: Egypt's Sisi reprimands officials for failing to provide construction workers with masks

CAIRO - 9 April 2020: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reprimanded officials at a construction site Thursday for not providing workers with masks to protect them from COVID-19. "Orders must be followed. Why aren't these people wearing masks? How much are they even paid in a day?



Sisi has earlier launched an initiative to allocate allowance for informal workers, whose work have been affected by the current crisis due to the novel coronavirus.

The workplace in Egypt reached 28.9 million employees in the fourth quarter of the 2019 fiscal year, according to a report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in November 2020.

Manpower Minister Mohamed Saafan late in April said that 2.5 million beneficiaries will receive the president’s three-month grant for irregular workers.

The LE 500 ($31.8) monthly grant is paid out at the branches of the Agricultural Bank of Egypt (ABE).

In mid-March, Sisi emphasized adopting a number of measures aimed at increasing the income of civil servants in the country to raise their standard of living.

The measures included endorsing the periodic allowance for employees included in the civil service law with a 7 percent of the total comprehensive wage and employees not included in the law with a 12 percent of the basic wage.

The President also directed increasing the tax exemption limit for those whose annual wage falls between LE 8,000 ($509) - 15,000 ($955) and creating a low tax bracket with a value of 2.5 percent for income earners that make less than LE 35,000 ($2,228) annually, so as to contribute to increasing the monthly income of citizens with the least income.]]>
5/1/2020 1:02:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Sisi mourns Bir al-Abd terrorist attack martyrs]]>
“The terrorists have killed our heroes and sons in Bir al-Abd city, at North Sinai today. They are still trying to take away our country from us, but with God’s help and Egypt’s strong army we are capable of destroying their malicious hopes and treacherous souls” Sisi tweeted.

He added: “May God have mercy on our sons, and everyone who gave himself for our country, may God have mercy on everyone who sacrificed his blood for our country, in order to remain free with its flag always raised.”



Egypt’s Prime minster Moustafa Madnouli has also mourned the martyrs affirming all of the Egyptian’s deep appreciation for the efforts exerted by the armed forces to protect the country and keep it safe, stable and secured.

He added that "we will always remember our martyrs with pride, unlike terrorists who will always be labeled with shame."

One Egyptian officer, a non-commissioned officer and eight other army soldiers were announced dead as a result of an explosive device blast which targeted an armored vehicle affiliated with the army.

Egypt’s armed forces spokesperson, Tamer al-Refai said, Thursday that the blast took place in Bir al-Abd city, in North Sinai.

He added that the armed forces affirms the continuation of its battle against terrorists to preserve the state’s security and stability.

Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years since the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Several operations have been taking place in Sinai against terrorists, as many Egyptian officers and soldiers have martyred in the battle.

Egypt’s army has also been playing a vital role during the critical timing of Coronavirus epidemic, as many streets and buildings have been sterilized, along with distributing free face masks to passengers and citizens in common places of gatherings advising them to use it in public places to avoid the emerging virus.
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4/30/2020 10:54:59 PM
<![CDATA[10 armed forces members killed, injured in terrorist attack in Bir al-Abd, North Sinai]]>
Egypt’s armed forces spokesperson, Tamer al-Refai said, Thursday that the terrorist attack took place in Bir al-Abd city, in North Sinai.

He added that the armed forces affirms the continuation of its battle against terrorists to preserve the state’s security and stability.




On March 16, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced killing Six terrorists in Abu Shilla city, North Sinai. On February 11, 2020, 17 terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with police forces in Obeidat district in Arish, North Sinai, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years since the ouster of late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Several operations have been taking place in Sinai against terrorists, as many Egyptian officers and soldiers have martyred in the battle.

Egypt’s army has also been playing a vital role during the critical timing of Coronavirus epidemic, as many streets and buildings have been sterilized, along with distributing free face masks to passengers and citizens in common places of gatherings advising them to use it in public places to avoid the emerging virus.
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4/30/2020 9:44:35 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 269 new coronavirus cases, 12 deaths]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 46 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the viruse, this also raises the number of recovered cases to 1,381 out of 1,780 who had been retested for the virus and had received negative results.

On Thursday, North Sinai recorded its first infection with coronavirus, and isolated the case in Be’r el-Abd Hospital, according to a statement by the Health Directorate in North Sinai.

The statement said, “The hospital took all the precautionary and treatment measures as per the adopted protocol in dealing with the suspected cases with COVID-19.”

“The monitoring team carried out epidemiological investigations, clearance process of the case’s house, and followed up the procedures of tracking those who came in contact with the positive COVID-19 case,” added the statement.

The Egyptian Health Ministry will start injecting plasma of patients who have recovered from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) into severely ill patients with the novel virus, Minister Hala Zayed said.

Plasma from recovered cases have the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Zayed said that Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.

Plasma were extracted from six people who have recovered from coronavirus, the ministry’s statement revealed, and tests indicated that three of them were good to use.



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4/30/2020 6:32:57 PM
<![CDATA[6 measures to help recovered from addiction in Egypt amid COVID-19 outbreak]]>
Minister Kabbaj continues to broadcast sessions to provide psychological support, and respond to the inquiries of the recovered and their families through specialists at the fund as many of the recovered are staying at home during this period to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


In the following lines, Egypt Today provides an outline of the psychological support sessions provided for the recovered addicts


1- The fund’s website provides live broadcast continuously.

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2- You can communicate with the fund via the hotline 16023 available 24 hours to provide services and advice at any time.

3- The continuation of online” group therapy sessions for the recovered, where they engage in learning a group of life skills that help them get rid of addiction.

4- A total of 3,100 recovered addicts benefited from these group therapy sessions.

5- Psychological support sessions are part of the psychological rehabilitation program for the recovered, where they practice activities that help them organize and stabilize their lives, enhancing significant skills such as time management problem solving, dealing with fear, anxiety, depression, and dealing with dangerous situations.


6- The recovered interact together in the group, where each member shares his ideas and personal experience during the illness period and the recovery period.

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4/30/2020 5:35:15 PM
<![CDATA[Construction works of new emergency hospital in Aswan in full swing: Official ]]>
In the following lines, Egypt Today outlines important information about the project:


1- The new emergency hospital is one of Aswan University hospitals.

2- The total cost of the project is about L.E. 300 million.

3- The regular excavation and concrete works at the emergency hospital building have been finalized.

4- Drinking water, sewage and electricity networks are soon to be completed. New networks replaced the dilapidated ones.

5- The hospital is a five-story building and is built on a distance of 2,000 meters.

6- The capacity of the hospital is 150 beds.

7- The hospital includes various rooms for emergency operations, intensive care and internal reservation.

8- The new hospital will be connected with the old building of the university hospital through upper bridges, to serve all types of accidents in various surgical departments.

9- It is expected that the construction of the hospital will be completed within 3 years.
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4/30/2020 5:28:47 PM
<![CDATA[1st Coronavirus case confirmed in North Sinai: statement]]>
The statement said, “The hospital took all the precautionary and treatment measures as per the adopted protocol in dealing with the suspected cases with COVID-19.”

“The monitoring team carried out epidemiological investigations, clearance process of the case’s house, and followed up the procedures of tracking those who came in contact with the positive COVID-19 case,” added the statement.

In its statement, the health directorate called on all North Sinai residents to commit to the precautionary measures announced by the state to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, especially during this difficult period.

The governor of North Sinai decided to allocate a number of schools and the on-campus housing at the university in Arish as quarantine if needed.

In previous statements, the health directorate announced a number of suspected cases with COVID-19 who tested negative to the virus.
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4/30/2020 5:14:09 PM
<![CDATA[Dean of Dentistry Faculty of Cairo University tests positive for COVID-19]]>
The administration of university located in Greater Cairo’s Giza governorate announced full closure of the affected department, which houses many administration offices and some clinics, for 14 days, Spokesman Mahmoud Alam El-Deen said.

The infection control committee tasked with the case has not determined the cause of the infection, he noted.

The whole building, including the dean’s office, the secretarial offices, clinics, bathrooms, stairs and the elevator were disinfected, Alam El-Deen said, adding that sterilization process will be carried out over two weeks.

All contacts were examined and isolated for 14 days, Azza Ezz El-Arab, the vice-dean of faculty said.

Khosht: Firm anti-coronavirus measures applied in Cairo University

CAIRO, April 7 (MENA) - President of Cairo University Mohamed Othman Al Khosht on Tuesday said that anti-coronavirus precautionary measures are applied firmly in the university. In a statement, he added that the measures are applied according to the standards of the Egyptian Health Ministry and the World Health Organization along with the university's plan on fighting coronavirus.



In March, two officials of Egypt's Armed forces were announced to be among Egypt’s death toll due to coronavirus.

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.

Last week, Deputy director of al-Nagila Hospital in Marsa Matrouh governorate said he tested positive for coronavirus and has been quarantined in the hospital during the earlier week.

In a Facebook page, Mohamed Allam said that his health condition is now more stable and that he expects to turn into negative after retesting again soon for the virus, which will allow him to go home.

“This is something expected to happen to every doctor working in front lines for COVID-19, I’ve been diagnosed from 4-6 days ago and not feeling sad or angry; however, I’m feeling much better,” Allam stated.

Egypt records 226 new coronavirus cases, 21 deaths

CAIRO - 29 April 2020: 226 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 21 people died, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, shortly after it noted that 25% of the announced fatalities died before reaching quarantine hospitals as they arrived at hospitals too late.


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4/30/2020 5:06:20 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians’ recklessness with anti-coronavirus measures increases infection rate: VACSERA official]]>
In a phone call with “Now” talk show on Extra News channel on Thursday, Haddad said that the people do not abide by the precautionary measures during their gatherings, noting that the partial curfew that has been imposed on people only applies to the main streets, while people gather normally in the side streets.

"The gatherings are catastrophic [...] and everyone is equally exposed to the infection,” he said, calling upon people to follow a healthy diet and upon the elderly people to stay at home.

The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that 226 people in Egypt tested positive for the COVID-19 recently and 21 people died, bringing the total number of reported cases and deaths to 5,268 and 380, respectively.

As many as 1,712 people of the reported cases had their results turn negative, including 1,335 people who fully recovered.

Also, 31 cases, all of them Egyptians, left the hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered Tuesday providing all the needed medical supplies to the quarantine and isolation hospitals all over the country.

Since mid-March, Egypt has taken certain strict measures to protect the public from the spread of coronavirus pandemic. The government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting with suspending schools and universities, and international flights.

Furthermore, a night-time curfew has been imposed since March 24, 2020. Additionally, the Ministry of Awqaf [Endowment] extended the closure of the mosques and the places of worship nationwide until further notice.

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4/30/2020 4:56:32 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi issues several decrees on land allocation in several governorates ]]>
The president also ordered on allocating 20.4 feddans of state-owned lands in the Upper Egypt governorate of Sohag to be used as a solid waste landfill.

The president also reallocated plots of state-owned in southern Hurghada for tourism activities.

Sisi also reallocated 20.2 feddans of state-owned lands in the New Valley governorate for establishing a research station.

In July 2019, President al-Sisi had also issued two decrees re-allocating some plots of state-owned land to establish development projects in Alexandria and Aswan.
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4/30/2020 4:53:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's PM chairs video-conference meeting with governors]]>
During his previous meeting with governors, the premier said that the government seeks after the end of the holy month of Ramadan to gradually resume normal life across the nation, while abiding by all precautions against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in all places.

Madbouli had directed the governors to firmly apply the partial curfew measures announced to curb the spread of the pernicious virus.]]>
4/30/2020 4:36:05 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus: Egypt starts plasma therapy trials, ministry says]]>
Plasma from recovered cases have the antibodies required to battle the virus inside other patients and curb its replication.

Zayed said that Egypt has the required experience in the convalescent plasma therapy and that the ministry is working hard through scientific research to find treatment for coronavirus patients.

Plasma were extracted from six people who have recovered from coronavirus, the ministry’s statement revealed, and tests indicated that three of them were good to use.

Plasma was already injected into one patient, the ministry said, adding that other patients will also undergo the same treatment, in accordance with the research protocol in this regard. The results will be continuously announced, said the statement.

Once patients respond to treatment, convalescent plasma therapy will be widely applied, through inviting recovered people to donate plasma, in order to help save patients who are in critical condition, the ministry added.

Earlier, Egypt started treating 50 coronavirus patients with the Japanese antiviral drug Avigan, announced Mohamed Tag El-Deen, the Advisor for Health Affairs to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Friday.

Last week, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said the ministry has managed to communicate with the Japanese manufacturer of the antiviral drug Avigan to treat patients with coronavirus (COVID-19).

The drug, developed by a group firm of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., has been stored in Japan as a treatment for influenza. Reports in China showed that the drug has been effective in treating COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Japan plans to provide Avigan for free to 20 countries hoping to use it to treat COVID-19 patients and will provide the United Nations Office for Project Services with a $1 million grant to buy and distribute the drug, according to Japan’s national daily The Mainichi.

Health Ministry denies producing chloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients

CAIRO - 8 April 2020: The Egyptian Health Ministry on Wednesday denied the news that a pharmaceutical company based in the Egyptian capital Cairo started producing chloroquine phosphate medication primarily used to treat malaria patients, describing the company's alleged statement as "void of truth."



226 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 21 people died, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, shortly after it noted that 25% of the announced fatalities died before reaching quarantine hospitals as they arrived at hospitals too late.

This brings the total number of reported cases and deaths to 5,268 and 380 respectively, the ministry said.

As many as 1,712 people of the reported cases had their results come back negative, including 1,335 people who fully recovered.

Also, 31 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).]]>
4/30/2020 3:21:25 PM
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