On Monday Egypt announced the successful recovery of its first child infected with coronavirus, and his subsequent discharge from the isolation hospital. The Egyptian Health Ministry on March 6 announced 12 cases of the novel coronavirus on board the cruise ship traveling from Aswan to Luxor. These cases were of Egyptian workers who were on board the ship and came in contact with a Taiwanese-American tourist who had the virus – Adam’s father was among these workers. My husband went to the fever hospital and then to the isolation hospital,” Ahmed said. Following her husband, Ahmed said her son then tested positive for the disease while she and her daughter were negative.
March 31, 2020 11:15 UTC
The World Health Organization announced on Sunday that it has begun conducting medical experiments and tests on four different drugs that could be used to treat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The WHO confirmed through a post on Twitter on Sunday that it has already conducted some experiments on four different drugs to ensure their effectiveness in eliminating the virus. An independent party conducted a previous study in France on 36 patients with coronavirus who used hydroxychloroquine, and after six days initial results indicated that the drug may be able to treat patients suffering from the respiratory illness. A number of posts then surfaced online claiming that anti-malarial drugs or medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, which contain chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, were successful in treating coronavirus, prompting scores of Egyptians to purchase the medications from pharmacies before confirming their efficacy or even their side effects. Globally, there have been over 700,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and upwards of 37,000 deaths.
March 31, 2020 10:18 UTC
Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities lit up the front of the Great Pyramid of Giza on Monday, conveying a message of solidarity and appreciation for healthcare workers around the world amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Egypt announced on Sunday evening the death of Ahmed el-Lawah, 50, the first doctor to succumb to complications of coronavirus in Egyptk. Egypt on Monday announced one additional death — a 44-year-old woman from Cairo Governorate who passed away upon her arrival at the hospital. The Health Ministry also confirmed 47 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s number of confirmed total cases so far to 656. Image: Egypt has carried out sweeping disinfection operations at archaeological sites, museums and other sites (AFP / Khaled Desouki)
March 31, 2020 10:07 UTC
At northern Upper Egypt the weather will be moderately hot during daytime and moderately cold at night, with very hot weather during daytime and growing cooler at night for southern Upper Egypt. Expected temperatures are 21C for the northwestern coasts, 26C for the northeastern coasts and central Sinai, 29C in Greater Cairo, Lower Egypt, South Sinai, and Red Sea mountains, 33C in northern Upper Egypt, and 37C in southern Upper Egypt. The weather will be moderate during daytime and moderately cold at night on northern Upper Egypt, with moderately hot weather during daytime that will grow cooler at night on southern Upper Egypt. The weather will be moderate during daytime and moderately cold at night on northern Upper Egypt, with moderately hot weather during daytime that will grow cooler at night on southern Upper Egypt. Expected temperatures are 21C at the northeastern coasts and central Sinai, 23C for northwestern coasts, 25C in Greater Cairo and Lower Egypt, 27C in northern Upper Egypt, South Sinai and the Red Sea Mountains, and 33C at southern Upper Egypt.
March 31, 2020 09:55 UTC
Egypt on Monday confirmed one additional death and 47 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s number of confirmed total cases so far to 656. The most recent death announced Monday is a 44-year-old Egyptian woman from Cairo who died upon arrival to hospital, Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed said. These newly infected cases are all Egyptian nationals who returned from abroad or were in contact with previously confirmed cases in Egypt, Megahed said, adding that the total number of fully-recovered cases rose to 150 on Monday, all of whom have been discharged from isolation hospitals. Egypt had already closed mosques and churches across the country, banned shisha at cafes, and asked non-essential stores and shops to close each evening. Image: A passerby has his temperature checked for free with a device belonging to a shop, due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt March 19, 2020.
March 31, 2020 09:11 UTC
Egypt has extended its suspension of museums, archaeological sites, hotel restaurants, night clubs and pools nationwide until April 15, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced Monday, as sterilization and disinfection work continues to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Hotels also will extend their suspension of events, ceremonies, and social parties till April 15, the statement added. On March 21 the ministry previously announced that all museums and archaeological sites nationwide will be closed from March 23 until March 31. Cafes, sports clubs, and gyms are closed for the next two weeks while restaurants are limited to deliveries only. The total number of fully-recovered cases rose to 132 on Sunday, all of whom have been discharged from isolation hospitals.
March 30, 2020 15:00 UTC
Immigration Minister Nabila Makram said that though her ministry has received numerous requests from Egyptians left stranded in Italy and Spain to return home, bringing them back currently is ‘very difficult’ given the precarious situation in the two countries. The minister urged that they follow the precautionary measures that Italy and Spain announced. Sources within EgyptAir confirmed it would organize a flight to return Egyptians left stranded in the US by the coronavirus pandemic before the end of this week. Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Nabila Makram discussed with Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Manar Enabah operating airlines to New York and Washington to bring stranded Egyptians back home. EgyptAir previously said it operate flights to London, Paris and Kuwait to fly home Egyptians left stranded there.
March 30, 2020 14:03 UTC
The Egyptian Armed Forces sterilizing commercial areas in Downtown and Old Cairo neighborhoods - Facebook page of the military spokespersonEgypt prepares for sterilization campaign nationwide over coronavirus CAIRO - 16 March 2020: On Saturday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered a temporary closure to schools and universities in Egypt. Prime Minster MostafaMadbouly on Monday said Egypt will be suspending flights in all airports starting March 19 until March 31. Sisi further allocated L.E. Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister MostafaMadbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. The number of deaths became 40 increasing by four.
March 30, 2020 13:52 UTC
Passengers, some of them wearing protective masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), arrive at Luxor International Airport, Egypt March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyCAIRO – 30 March 2020: The fifth exceptional flight to bring back Egyptian nationals stranded in Kuwait over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide left Kuwair on Monday carrying 350 Egyptians, Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA reported.The 350 passengers included 14 people expelled for violating the residence law.The flight came in coordination between the Kuwaiti authorities, the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait and the Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir, to bring back nationals with humanitarian cases and those who entered the country with visitor visas.The fourth flight was operated on Sunday, with 303 Egyptian residents on board. The number of Egyptian nationals who departed Kuwait in the recent evacuation flights has reached 1293 people. "The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has earlier assigned the African country’s embassies to prepare lists of Egyptian citizens stuck abroad," Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram said.In an interview with Ahmed Moussa on Sada Al-Balad, a private TV channel, Makram noted that many Egyptians residing abroad are willing to return, but the authorities prioritize those who left the country via visitor visas. "The United States currently has the largest number of Egyptian nationals stuck abroad," Makram said, adding that over 1,000 citizens are there.She noted that a flight will be operated to Washington soon to bring back the Egyptian nationals, while four flights will take off from the United Kingdom.
March 30, 2020 13:41 UTC
Meteorologists anticipate moderate weather on Tuesday during the daytime for Greater Cairo and Lower Egypt, with winds raising up sands and dusts. Mild weather is predicted for the northwest coasts, accompanied by light rains and winds disturbing maritime navigation. The South Sinai and Red Sea mountains will see moderate, windy weather as well, with slightly hot weather north of Upper Egypt and very hot weather south of Upper Egypt accompanied by wind. By night the weather will be mildly cold on the northeastern coasts, central Sinai, South Sinai, the Red Sea Mountains, northern Upper Egypt. The weather will grow moderately cold on the northeasterly coasts, center of Sinai, South Sinai, Red Sea mountains and north of Upper Egypt, with mild weather south of Upper Egypt by nightfall.
March 30, 2020 12:56 UTC
FILE -CBECAIRO – 23 March 2020: The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, issued LE 7.5 billion in treasury bonds on Monday, Mar 23.The T-bonds were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 4 billion with a three-year term and the second worth LE 3.5 billion with a seven-year term.For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided Monday to cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation in an emergency meeting by 300 basis points.The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to reach 9.25 percent, 10.25 percent, and 9.75 percent, respectively.Moreover, credit and discount rates are cut at 9.75 percent from 12.75 percent.Egypt's 2020/2021 draft budget aims to reduce public debt of GDP to 82.7 percent by end of June 2021, up from earlier target of 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.
March 30, 2020 12:45 UTC
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Monday that he would visit Egypt and Ethiopia soon to resume negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Egypt took part in the latest GERD meeting in Washington on February 27 and 28, which produced a final agreement regarding filling and operating the GERD. Representatives from Addis Ababa were noticeably absent from the meeting, and only Egypt has signed the agreement so far. Sudan has also abstained from signing the agreement to fill and operate the GERD. Image: In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan (AP Photo, File)
March 30, 2020 12:33 UTC
The Ministry of Health’s official Facebook page has published an info-graph about coronavirus symptoms and what people should do if they suspect they are infected. “The symptoms of coronavirus are very similar to the symptoms of a cold or influenza, such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath,” the ministry said. Or if you went out of the house during the past 14 days, especially at the time of coronavirus spread, and you showed symptoms,” the post reads. Egypt confirmed on Sunday four additional deaths and 33 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases confirmed so far in the country to 609. The four deaths announced Sunday were for Egyptians from Cairo between 58 and 84 years old.
March 30, 2020 10:52 UTC
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decided on Sunday to increase by 75 percent monthly allowance for medical professionals, which provides compensation for working conditions, at a total cost of about LE 2.25 billion. Sisi also ordered the establishment of a risk fund for healthcare workers in hospitals across the country. The President’s Adviser on Health and Prevention Affairs and the Director of the Medical Services Department of the Armed Forces were in attendance as well. During the meeting, Sisi expressed his appreciation for all healthcare workers in Egypt on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak. Sisi directed authorities to study the possibility of local manufacturing of medical supplies and devices in accordance with international standards, discussing as well efforts to alleviate any shortage of needed medical supplies amid the outbreak.
March 30, 2020 10:18 UTC
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday announced that medical experiments on four coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are underway. These tests are being performed to ensure the vaccine’s effectiveness in curing the disease, the WHO explained, adding that global medical establishments must participate in these experiments. Thus far a vaccine against COVID-19 is still not ready. The WHO has warned patients not to use random unauthorized drugs, due to the risk of dangerous side effects. French scientists at the Pasteur Institute are modifying the measles vaccine to work against the coronavirus, but do not expect it to be ready for about 20 months, the AFP said.
March 30, 2020 09:56 UTC