230 additional hospitals to serve in testing coronavirus suspected cases: Cabinet

Laboratory technicians get ready during a coronavirus analysis simulation at the Malbran institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina February 29, 2020. Picture taken February 29, 2020. This is the highest daily count recorded by the northeastern African country.The ministry also reported 16 deaths due to the novel virus (COVID-19), bringing the death toll to 696.Also, the test results of 4,798 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 4,217 people who totally recovered. It added that 223 patients left hospitals.On May 14, Egypt released a coexistence plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic over the coming period. The government highlights the importance of abiding by precautionary measures while preparing to gradually resume the normal life cycle.The plan comes as a bid to reduce the number of infections and deaths and, at the same time, achieve a balance between maintaining a normal life cycle and abiding by the precautionary measures, to get rid of the negative psychological effects of the outbreak, and to avoid crowds resulting from services like transportation and shopping.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 on weddings and funerals and suspending universities, schools, kindergartens, and nurseries.

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May 21, 2020 19:07 UTC

Egypt records 774 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV- CC via WikimediaCAIRO – 21 May 2020: Egypt recorded, Thursday,774 new coronavirus cases and 16 deaths during the past 24 hours.Health Ministry added in its daily briefing that the new detected cases raise the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the outbreak in Egypt to 15,003.Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said that the death toll rose to 696.As many as 223 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 4,217 so far, the spokesman said.The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 4,798, he added.Earlier on Thursday, Megahed denied social media rumors claiming that Health Minister Hala Zayed was infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19 disease.He told Youm7 on Thursday that such rumors are groundless, affirming that the minister is in good condition.Unverified news circulated on social media platforms claiming that the minister self-isolated.Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti announced he will self-isolate at home for two weeks after he held a meeting with the Daqahlia governor who tested positive to coronavirus. "Minister Abdel Atti and all the other people who contacted Governor Ayman Hamza have undergone a coronavirus test," stated a spokesperson for Ministry of Irrigation Mohamed el-Sebaei.

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May 21, 2020 18:45 UTC

UN Mideast envoy says keen to coordinate with Egypt on Palestine peace efforts

FILE - UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov is seen talking to press in Najaf, Iraq on March 3, 2015 (Reuters)CAIRO – 21 May 2020: Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process expressed keenness to fully coordinate with Egypt on the future steps to achieve peace in Palestine, in accordance with the two-state solution, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.Mladenov on Thursday made a phone call with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, during which they discussed the expected international steps during the coming period, within the framework of the Middle East Quartet.Shoukry reviewed with Mladenov the communications made by the Egyptian side with the relevant parties to push forward regional peace and stability, preserve the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and save the security of all countries in the region in order for them to be able to face challenges, including terrorism.Shoukry also affirmed the need to avoid unilateral decisions, due to their negative impact on the opportunity to achieve permanent and just peace.Late in April, Egypt affirmed its steady and unchangeable stance towards the Palestinian cause, rejecting the Israeli unilateral move of annexation of the occupied lands in the West Bank and Jordanian Valley.In the Arab League Council online extraordinary meeting at the ministerial level, Shoukry called upon the Arab world and the international community to unite for bringing the peace and stability for the Palestinian people and the establishment of the Palestinian statehood on the border of 1967 and Eastern Jerusalem is its capital.A unilateral action would undermine the opportunities to revive the negotiations that depend on a two-state solution, the Arab Peace Initiative, and international legitimacy and its decisions, Shoukry said in his speech at the meeting.“Any unilateral action to annex settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley is a flagrant violation of all principles of international law, and the principles and norms that govern international relations,” he said.Israel has exploited the crisis of coronavirus to impose its fait accompli policy which would push the region towards violence and incite terrorism and extremist ideas, he added.Shoukry called for alleviating the suffering of the Palestinian refugees in the camps, especially in light of the financial burdens and challenges that faced the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

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May 21, 2020 18:11 UTC

Remittances from Egyptian expats jump to $6.7 in Q1 2019/20

U.S. dollars - PixabayCAIRO – 21 May 2020: Remittances from Egyptian expatriates rose $800 billion during the first quarter of 2019/2020 to record $6.7 billion, compared to $5.9 billion during the same period of 2018/2019, according to official data.Official transfers recorded about $63.5 million in the first quarter of the fiscal year 19/20, compared to $47.7 million in the same quarter of the fiscal year 18/19, marking an increase of about $15.8 millionWhile the volume of private transfers reached about LE 6630 million, compared to LE 5861 million during the compared period, marking an increase of about 4769 million.Remittances from Egyptian expatriates jumped 33.6 percent or $1.3 billion during the first two months of 2020 to record $5.2 billion, compared to $3.9 billion during the same months of 2019, according to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).CBE clarified Thursday that remittances from Egyptian expatriates climbed during January 2020 to $2.6 billion, compared to $2.1 billion during January 2019, marking an increase of 27.8 percent.As per February 2020, the central bank stated that the remittances climbed 40.4 percent to hit $2.6 billion, up from $1.8 billion during the same month of 2019.Earlier, Governor of CBE Tarek Amer said that remittances from Egyptian expatriates amounted to $34 billion during 2019, and not $26 billion as Egypt’s central bank announced earlier.

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May 21, 2020 17:48 UTC

Turkish opposition demands snap election

Ahmet DavutoğluCAIRO – 21 May 2020: Turkey’s Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu has challenged the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call snap election.Davutoğlu however warned the government not to change the agenda of the nation with such speculations of an early election if it was not serious about it.“We, as the Future Party, are not worried about early election, whenever it is held. If your real purpose is to call an early election, bring it on, let’s go to early election. But if you are after petty concerns such as changing the nation’s real agenda with [rumors] of coup or early election, then stop wasting our nation’s energy with such cheap manipulations,” Davutoğlu said in an online video.Secret reports have said Erdogan is seeking to change the election law and parliamentary bylaws, preventing deputies from switching parties and increasing the number of deputies needed to found a parliamentary group from 20 to 30 can be the amendments in question.Experts have been indicating that in the wake of the oppositiong gaining strenth and the upcoming financial crisis stemming from the coronavirus epidemic, the AKP might resort to holding early elections, which are normally scheduled for 2023.Opinion polls have indicated a decline in Erdogan’s popularity, while both opposition parties established by former premier Ahmet Davutoglu and former deputy premier Ali Babacan is increasing.After leaving the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Davutoglu and Babacan formed their Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Future Party, respectively.Deputy Head of the Future Party Selcuk Ozdag said Erdogan will push media loyal to him to create a perception that Turkey needs to hold early elections if the coronavirus outbreak recedes worldwide in June or July.In statements Sunday, Ozdag said Erdogan and his party are aiming to hold elections in November later this year or May 2021.He cited Erdogan’s decline in popularity and disappointment among the AKP members over the government’s weak performance in handling the coronavirus crisis, which has exacerbated unemployment and inflation and increased poverty.

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May 21, 2020 16:18 UTC

Amnesty urges UN investigation into Iran protest killings

People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Iran November 16, 2019. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSCAIRO - 21 May 2020: Amnesty International has urged the United Nations to launch an inquiry into the killing of protesters by Iranian security forces, six months after they erupted over petrol prices.The demonstrations broke out across Iran on Nov. 15 after the announcement of a shock decision to hike the price of petrol by up to 200 percent.They turned violent before being put down by security forces amid a near-total internet blackout.Amnesty said it had evidence that 304 men, women and children were killed by Iran’s security forces during the “ruthless” crackdown, according to Reuters.The London-based human rights group said 220 of them died within two days, based on its research, including analysis of videos and photos.It said the “vast majority” were killed by the security forces whose use of force was “unlawful” as there was “no evidence that people were in possession of firearms or that they posed an imminent threat to life.”“Six months later, the devastated families of victims continue their struggle for truth and justice while facing intense harassment and intimidation from the authorities,” Amnesty’s Philip Luther said.Amnesty said that based on its analysis, security forces killed people in 37 cities across eight provinces.The poverty-stricken suburbs around Tehran were hardest hit, with 163 killings, followed by the minority-populated provinces of Khuzestan and Kermanshah with 57 and 30, respectively, it said.Amnesty said it had credible information confirming the deaths of 304 people, including 10 women and 23 children. But it stressed the real death toll was likely to have been higher.“In all but four cases, the victims were shot dead by Iranian security forces — including members of the Revolutionary Guards, paramilitary Basij forces and the police — firing live ammunition, often at the head or torso, indicating that they were shooting to kill,” Amnesty said.The US has imposed sanctions on Iran’s interior minister, accusing him of engaging in serious cases of human rights abuse.Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli gave orders authorizing the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) of Iran to use lethal force in response to the protests. “His — and the regime’s — goal was to quash these peaceful protests and suppress the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression at any cost,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.The Treasury also blacklisted seven senior officials of the LEF, including commander Hossein Ashtari Fard, and a provincial commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, for their roles in the suppression of protesters.Washington also barred Rahmani Fazli and Ali Fallahian, the head of Iran’s intelligence service from 1989 to 1997, from traveling to the US. The State Department said Fallahian was involved in assassinations and attacks around the world.

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May 21, 2020 15:56 UTC

ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC's subsidiary signs LE475M contract to electrify East Owainat

Elsewedy Electric - Company's WebsiteELSEWEDY ELECTRIC signs LE 119.8M agreement with EETC CAIRO - 11 May 2020: ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC announced Tuesday that its subsidiary, ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC for Trading & Distribution has signed a new agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) with a value of LE 119.8 million on a turnkey basis. CAIRO – 21 May 2020: ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC announced Tuesday that its subsidiary, ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC for Trading & Distribution has signed a new contract to build electrical network to electrify a 50,000 feddans in East Owainat with a value of LE 475 million on turnkey basisThe company clarified that the contract will be implemented over an eight- month period.“The EPC contract will be implemented over a 6-month period,” it added.Earlier in May, ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC for Trading & Distribution has signed a new agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) with a value of LE 119.8 million on a turnkey basis.It clarified that ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC for Trading & Distribution is a pioneer company in the execution of high voltage transmission lines for more than 1000 km with both (220 KV & 500 KV) and substations (220 KV & 500 KV) within Egypt and Africa.Elsewedy Electric operates within the capital goods sector focusing on electrical components and equipment. It has subsidiaries operating across Northern Africa, Eastern Africa, Middle East and Southern Europe.

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May 21, 2020 12:33 UTC

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