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.
May 21, 2020 19:07 UTC
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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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).
May 21, 2020 18:11 UTC
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.
May 21, 2020 17:48 UTC
FILE: Cabinet’s meeting on Monday April 8, 2019CAIRO - 21 May 2020: The Egyptian Cabinet approved, on Wednesday, a draft law stipulating a deduction of 1 percent of the net income of workers in all sectors of the state for a period of 12 months, starting from the first of July, to contribute to facing the economic repercussions of coronavirus.The Cabinet said, in a statement, that the law also included a deduction of 0.5 percent of the net income due from the pension of pensioners.It added that the draft law includes workers in the state’s administrative apparatus, government agencies, and the public and private sectors.The statement added that the draft law excludes workers whose net monthly income does not exceed LE 2,000 ($127) from the discount rate, and that the Cabinet may "exempt those who are in economically affected sectors as a result of the spread of the virus from deduction of the stipulated percentage of contribution. "This action comes as Egypt tries to overcome the economic repercussions of the pandemic, which caused the suspension of tourism and damaged other sectors.
May 21, 2020 16:30 UTC
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.
May 21, 2020 16:18 UTC
Abdel Nasser Qardash. Image Source: AlArabiyaCAIRO – 21 May 2020: Iraq has announced the arrest of a senior ISIS leader believed to be a successor to the terror group’s former chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.The National Intelligence Service told the Iraqi News Agency (INA) it had arrested Abdul Nasser Qardash, who served as the head of one of the terrorist group’s commissions.He also served under Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, who led the group that preceded ISIS.Some reports, however, suggested Qardash was captured by US or Kurdish forces in Syria last year and just recently transferred to Iraqi custody.The US has previously identified Ameer Muhammed Saeed Al-Salbi Al-Mawla, as the new leader of ISIS. He is known within the group as Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi.Some reports said Qardash was the same person as Al-Mawla, despite the photo used by INA of the captured militant not matching that of Al-Mawla, according to Arab News.
May 21, 2020 15:56 UTC
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.
May 21, 2020 15:56 UTC
Cairo and Giza rank first in the number of coronavirus cases in Egypt according to data presented by the Minister of Health during a Wednesday cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said. He stressed the need to closely look into the situation of the two governorates and examine the various factors leading to the higher number of infections there, he added, alongside more firmly enforcing all precautionary and preventive measures. Madbouly issued a decision on Tuesday instituting additional precautionary and preventive measures to address the spread of coronavirus pandemic following the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The coronavirus will not disappear, he said, but the government will work to ensure the safety of its citizens alongside a return to normal life and productivity. He added that precautionary measures to coexist with the coronavirus — the most important of which is wearing face masks in public — will remain in place even after life returns to normal.
May 21, 2020 15:00 UTC
The Egyptian Radio and Television Union will broadcast the Eid al-Fitr prayers from Al-Sayeda Nafeesah Mosque, said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Endowments Abdallah Hassan on Wednesday. The move comes due to coronavirus prevention measures in place during Eid al-Fitr, with Hassan explaining that only specifically approved employees from the ministry and mosque will be performing the prayers. Al-Azhar’s Senior Scholar Authority on Sunday decreed that, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, all Muslims must perform the Eid al-Fitr prayers at home either alone or with their families. Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Wednesday reiterated that citizens must abide by coronavirus prevention measures imposed by the government during and after the Eid al-Fitr holiday, including a ban on public gatherings. Madbouly had previously announced that the government will impose additional restrictions during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday, to prevent the large public gatherings that often occur as part of the festivities.
May 21, 2020 14:37 UTC
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.
FILE - Planning Minister Hala el-SaeedCAIRO – 21 May 2020: Government investments during the past 3 years to achieve administrative reform and improve the information infrastructure amounted to LE 40 billion, according to Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala el-Saeed.Saeed added, Wednesday, that the Egyptian state has implemented the programs and performance budgets, which are the main pillar in the effectiveness of employing the available resources in the country, and ensuring the achievement of gender-responsive budgets, which aim to achieve equal opportunities between the sexes in benefiting from programs funded by the state budget.She emphasized that women have a sustainable development agenda: Egypt's vision 2030 which has a large share of interest in order to enable it at all levels, pointing to the consideration of gender considerations in all strategic axes.She pointed out the importance of highlighting the shift towards a green economy as a tool for achieving sustainable development and creating new investment opportunities for companies, as well as highlighting the efforts of the Egyptian state in settling sustainable development goals.
FILE: CBE bankCAIRO – 21 May 2019: The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) and the Central Bank of Egypt announced Eid Al-Fitr holiday to be five days from Sunday, May 24, till Thursday, May 28.Eid Al-fitr is a festival of breaking the fast of Ramadan. It is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.As Friday and Saturday are the official weekend, trading will be resumed on Sunday, May 31.EGX ended Wednesday in red as: EGX30 dipped 1.47 percent, or 151.84 points, EGX 50 declined 1.30 percent, EGX 70 decreased 1.04 percent, and the broader index EGX 100 lessened 1.33 percent.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 First Leg - Olympique de Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao - Orange Velodrome, Marseille, France - March 8, 2018 REUTERS/Jean-Paul PelissierCAIRO_ 21 May 2020: Athletic Bilbao striker, Aritz Aduriz, announced on Wednesday retirement from football at age of 39.The veteran striker revealed earlier that he will put an end to his career at the end of 2019_2020 season but he was advised to undergo hip replacement surgery. "Unfortunately, my body has said "enough". Many times, I have said that football will leave you before you leave it," The striker wrote on Twitter.Aduriz dreamed of finishing his career at the all-Basque Copa del Rey final against Real Sociedad, which was scheduled in April but was postponed amid coronavirus pandemic.Aduriz added "Yesterday, the doctors told me to go see the surgeon, sooner rather than later, to get a prosthetic to replace my hip and try to go about my everyday life, as normally as possible. "The veteran striker wore the jersey of Los Leones in 296 appearances and scored 141 goals for the club.Aduriz spent most of his career playing for the Basque giants and he also had spells with Real Mallorca and Valencia at Laliga.
May 21, 2020 11:15 UTC
Premier League club Liverpool and Egyptian football superstar Mohamed Salah, alongside Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, have been ranked by France Football as among the top 50 influential figures in the world of football in 2020. Salah scored the first goal for his team through a penalty kick. The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) on May 14 celebrated Salah by awarding him the Golden Boot for having scored 22 Premier League goals in the 2019/20 season. In addition to winning the Premier League Golden Boot Award, he has also been named Premier League Player of the Year. Salah also boasted 16 Premier League goals for the suspended Premier League 2020/21, ranking third among the list of high scorers.
May 21, 2020 10:30 UTC