Egypt repatriates stranded 245 nationals from Abu Dhabi

EgyptAir flight- CC via WikimediaCAIRO – 29 May 2020: Marsa Alam International Airport, in the southeast of Egypt, has received an exceptional flight carrying 245 Egyptians from the United Arab Emirates, as part of Egypt’s plan to repatriate all stranded Egyptians abroad over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.The plane landed in the airport on Thursday evening, coming from the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi.The expatriated arrivals have been tested for coronavirus and were moved to a hotel to be quarantined for seven 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".This comes while Egypt has witnessed a major rise in coronavirus cases during the past period. Assistant Health Minister Mohamed Fawzy said the next period will see a peak of coronavirus infections in Egypt.However, he said the quarantine hospitals nationwide still have vacant places for new cases and that the medical and preventive requirements are available in large quantities.Egypt recorded 1,127 new coronavirus cases Thursday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 20,793.Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 29 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 845.As many as 154 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 5,359 so far, the spokesman said.The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 6,019, he added.

Source:Egypt Today

May 29, 2020 12:11 UTC


Egypt repatriates 245 stranded nationals from Abu Dhabi

EgyptAir flight- CC via WikimediaCAIRO – 29 May 2020: Marsa Alam International Airport, in the southeast of Egypt, has received an exceptional flight carrying 245 Egyptians from the United Arab Emirates, as part of Egypt’s plan to repatriate all stranded Egyptians abroad over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.The plane landed in the airport on Thursday evening, coming from the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi.The expatriated arrivals have been tested for coronavirus and were moved to a hotel to be quarantined for seven 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".This comes while Egypt has witnessed a major rise in coronavirus cases during the past period. Assistant Health Minister Mohamed Fawzy said the next period will see a peak of coronavirus infections in Egypt.However, he said the quarantine hospitals nationwide still have vacant places for new cases and that the medical and preventive requirements are available in large quantities.Egypt recorded 1,127 new coronavirus cases Thursday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 20,793.Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 29 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 845.As many as 154 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 5,359 so far, the spokesman said.The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 6,019, he added.

Source:Egypt Today

May 29, 2020 12:11 UTC


Additional metro trains to be operated to reduce rail overcrowding: Transport Ministry

A Railway Authority train - Official websiteCAIRO - 29 May 2020: The Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operation has prepared operation schedules for trains as of Saturday to suit the new curfew hours that will start from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m as per the cabinet's decision, the Transport Ministry announced.In a statement on Friday, the ministry said that 81 trains will be operated daily on the three metro lines and additional trains could be operated to shorten the time between trains to three minutes, down from four minutes to reduce Cairo metro overcrowding.The last metro train will take off from Helwan station at 7:15 p.m. and from New El-Marg station at 7:30 p.m, the ministry said, adding that the last train is set to leave the second line's Shubra El-Kheima and El Monib stations at 7:30 p.m.The last train will take off from the third line's El Shams Club metro station at 7:15 p.m and from the second line's Ataba station at 7:45 p.m, the ministry said.The operation of trains on the three metro lines will start at 6:00 a.m.Transport Minister Kamel el Wazir has directed leaderships of the metro company to operate additional trains and reduce waiting time between the arrival of each train to avoid passenger overcrowding and to ensure that passengers are abiding by the social distancing measures and putting on face masks.The minister added that the company should ensure that workers at the metro stations are putting on face masks, as well as disinfection and sterilization work is going on regularly.

Source:Egypt Today

May 29, 2020 12:00 UTC


Contacts of infected deputy Aswan governor test negative for coronavirus

A passer-by has his temperature checked for free by a shopkeeper during the coronavirus outbreak, Cairo, Egypt, March 19, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyCAIRO – 29 May 2020: All contacts of Ghada Yehia, deputy Aswan governor whose test results showed earlier she has contracted coronavirus (COVID-19), have tested negative for the novel virus, said deputy health minister in Upper Egypt’s Aswan.Ehab Hanafy told Egypt Today that authorities continue their sterilization campaigns in the governorate’s office after Yehia tested positive for the pandemic.A statement by the governorate’s office earlier said that Yehia would be quarantined at home and would receive the necessary medical care, adding that contacts would be also tested.This comes a week after the governor of Dakahlia, in northern Egypt, tested positive for coronavirus and said he infected his wife. Luckily, his mother and sons have not been infected, governor Ayman Mokhtar said.Upon tracing, 51 contacts of Mokhtar have tested negative for the deadly virus.Also, Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aati, said he was doing well after meeting Mokhtar, before the infection was detected.All anti-COVID 19 precautionary health measures were taken at this meeting such as social distancing, the disinfection of the office, the testing of attendees and the wearing of face masks and gloves, he added in a statement on Tuesday.Egypt recorded 1,127 new coronavirus, COVID-19 cases, Thursday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 20,793.Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 29 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 845.As many as 154 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 5,359 so far, the spokesman said.The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 6,019, he added.

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May 29, 2020 10:52 UTC


Egypt records 1,127 new coronavirus cases, 29 deaths

Test tube with Coronavirus name label is seen in this illustration. (File photo: Reuters)CAIRO – 29 May 2020: Egypt recorded 1,127 new coronavirus, COVID-19 cases, Thursday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 20,793.Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 29 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 845.As many as 154 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 5,359 so far, the spokesman said.The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 6,019, he added.Earlier, on Thursday the Egyptian government, chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, shortened the hours of the night-time curfew to start from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am for 15 days, in terms of the government’s new decision to cope with and mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.In a cabinet meeting attended by Minister of Health Hala Zayed and Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and other ministers, Madbouli announced that the new decision of the COVID-19 curfew will come into effect on Saturday.All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), entertainment avenues, and other local shops will remain closed, the decision added.

Source:Egypt Today

May 28, 2020 22:30 UTC


Coordination Committee of Party's Youth Leaders, Politicians launches initiative to support health workers

Photo courtesy of CPYP petition on Change.orgCAIRO – 29 May 2020: Egypt’s Coordination Committee of Party's Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) has launched an initiative to support health workers all over the world for their heroic role facing the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.CPYP published, Thursday, a, stating that “In solidarity with the efforts of health care providers, CPYP calls upon individuals, institutions, political parties to join us in showing appreciation for medical workers throughout this crisis by signing this electronic document.”“Right now, our healthcare workers are on the front-lines of battling the novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) that’s spreading rapidly throughout the world. They are putting themselves in the path of this virus in this unprecedented crisis.” CPYP said in the petition.It was added that: “Our doctors, nurses, technicians, transporters, EMTs, pharmacists and everyone who supports patient care are rising to the occasion and caring for our most vulnerable populations and all of Humanity Thank you — from everyone — for the sacrifices you make, every day and especially during this pandemic. Your dedication, commitment and courage deserve our deepest gratitude and admiration. Your service to patients is saving countless lives and making thousands of differences in our lives.”Egypt recorded 1,127 new coronavirus, COVID-19 cases, Thursday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 20,793.Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 29 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 845.The Egyptian government, chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, shortened the hours of the night-time curfew to start from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am for 15 days, in terms of the government’s new decision to cope with and mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.In a cabinet meeting attended by Minister of Health Hala Zayed and Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and other ministers, Madbouli announced that the new decision of the COVID-19 curfew will come into effect on Saturday.All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), entertainment avenues, and other local shops will remain closed, the decision added.

Source:Egypt Today

May 28, 2020 22:30 UTC


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