Solar installers from Baker Electric place solar panels on the roof of a residential home in California, U.S. October 14, 2016- ReutersCAIRO – 11 May 2020: The share of renewable energy in the total amount of power generated in Egypt annually is speculated to remain the same in 2020 compared to 2019.Chairman of New and Renewable Energy Mohamed al-Khayat told Egypt Today that the amount expected to be generated of such type of energy by the end of 2020 is 6,000 megawatts.The breakdown is 1,465 megawatts of solar energy generated in Aswan's Benban Solar Station, 580 megawatts of wind energy generated in Hurghada's Gabal al-Zeit Wind Farm, 250 megawatts of wind energy generated in other wind farms, and 3,000 megawatts of hydropower.The total amount of renewable energy generated on grid until present is 5,800 megawatts. It is planned that the share of renewable energy in the total amount of energy generated becomes 20 percent in 2022 and 42 percent in 2035.In 2019, the amount of renewable energy generated rose by 2,000 megawatts to record 6,000 megawatts composing 11 percent of the 55,000 megawatts generated in Egypt annually.With a total of 300 wind turbines at a total cost of LE 12 billion ($670.64 million), the overall capacity of the three phases of Gabal al-Zeit Wind Farm is 580 megawatts. The first completed phase contains 120 turbines with a capacity of 240 megawatts, while the second and third projects will have 110 turbines with a capacity of 220 megawatts and 60 turbines with a capacity of 120 megawatts, respectively. The project was launched in 2015.Benban solar station includes 32 plants, and is considered the largest solar power project in the world and was funded by the World Bank with a total value of $653 million.The total value of the project is $2 billion for a total power generation of up to 1600 megawatts. The project is carried out with the participation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and a large number of major international companies.
May 11, 2020 12:56 UTC
Marsa Alam International Airport - File photoCAIRO – 11 May 2020: An exceptional flight carrying 233 stranded Egyptians from UK's Heathrow Airport landed in Marsa Alam on May 10. 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.
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Egyptian MP Hassan Basiony on Monday submitted to Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal a motion requesting a briefing from the Prime Minister, Information Minister and Culture Minister regarding the broadcast of the prank show ‘Ramez Magnoon Rasmy’ (Ramez is Officially Crazy). Basiony said that the show includes ideas that also violate public order, which includes issues such as security, public health and public morals. These things, Basiony said, threaten society, especially young people who may consider imitating such behaviors — something psychiatrists have warned about. Egypt’s Administrative Court on Wednesday turned down lawsuit to suspend the prank program “Ramez Magnoon Rasmy” presented by actor Ramez Galal on MBC Masr. Regardless, millions of Egyptians enthusiastically await his show during the Iftar hour when they break their fast.
May 11, 2020 11:15 UTC
FILE - Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao LiqiangCAIRO, May 11 (MENA) - Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang reiterated strong cooperation ties binding Egypt and China, voicing China's deep support of all Egyptian efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.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.
May 11, 2020 10:52 UTC
A man wearing a protective face mask, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) buys traditional Ramadan lanterns, called "Fanous" which are displayed for sale at a stall, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt, April 12, 20كلمة الرئيس السيسي حول جهود الدولة ومؤسستها ودورالمواطنين فى مكافحة فيروس كورونا المستجد كلمة الرئيس السيسي حول جهود الدولة ومؤسستها ودورالمواطنين فى مكافحة فيروس كورونا المستجد لمشاهدة المزيد: https://bit.ly/2x2Oej7 اشترك في قناة الرسمية: http:/...CAIRO – 11 May 2020: 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.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.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.
May 11, 2020 10:30 UTC
Egypt’s Presidential Adviser for Health Affairs Mohamed Awad Tageldin warned on Sunday that the government may have to resort to harsh measures in controlling the coronavirus outbreak as cases continue rising. On Sunday Egypt announced 436 new coronavirus cases and 11 additional deaths, bringing the total number of cases confirmed so far to 9,400 in the country. During a phone-call with the al-Hadath channel, Tageldin explained that as the government prioritizes human health first and foremost, a complete lockdown may have to be imposed. Egypt’s government has shut down schools, suspended flights and imposed nationwide curfew in March to control the outspread of coronavirus. The government also suspended Friday prayers and congregational prayers in mosques nationwide on March 21 and churches were closed across the country as well.
May 11, 2020 09:56 UTC
President of Alexandria University Essam Kurdy on Sunday announced that Alexandria University students will be required to wear face masks in order to enter the university’s facilities, part of preventive measures taken to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The university is not the only institution in Egypt to require the use of face masks. Starting May 17, all of Bank Misr’s clients will be required to wear face masks in order to enter the bank’s branches, according to a statement on the bank’s official Facebook page. Egypt on Sunday confirmed 436 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s number of confirmed total cases so far to 9,400. The total number of COVID-19 deaths has now reached 525 nationwide, after announcing 11 more deaths.
May 11, 2020 09:45 UTC
Cairo University – file photoCAIRO - 10 May 2020: A number of Egyptian expatriates who returned home from Kuwait were quarantined in Cairo University dormitories in light of the measures to curb the outbreak of the new coronavirus COVID-19) pandemic.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.
May 10, 2020 15:33 UTC
Chain with padlock on a building door with LOCKDOWN text- CC via Flickr/Ivan RadicCAIRO - 10 May 2020: Security forces were heavily deployed in Shanshur Village of Menoufia governorate after being placed on lockdown due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.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.
May 10, 2020 15:33 UTC
screenshot from the video - Youtube/TEN TVالمصريون القدماء يأكلون العدس منذ حوالي 4000 قبل الميلاد.. تعرف على تاريخ الطبخ المصري تطلق وزارة السياحة والآثار اليوم مقطع مصور جديد (فيديو ) عن تاريخ الطبخ في مصر، وطبق اليوم هو أقدم وصفة مكتوبة معروفة في مصر؛ الا وهو طبق العدس والذي كتبه ال...CAIRO - 10 May 2020: The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched on May 10 a new video on the history of cooking in Egypt. Today's dish is the oldest written recipe known in Egypt: the lentils dish.The recipe of the lentils dish was written by an ancient Egyptian on a piece of papyrus in the third century AD.The ancient Egyptians had eaten lentils since prehistoric times, around 4000 BC. This recipe illustrates the long history of the Egyptian cuisine, however, it did not remain constant all the time; where the lentils are prepared in different ways depending on the time period.
May 10, 2020 15:11 UTC
The Commercial International Bank (CIB) on Sunday donated seven million dollars to support Egypt’s efforts against the coronavirus, particularly in testing, providing for the needs of impacted families and donating towards the National Emergency and Crisis Fund, the CIB’s chairman Hesham Ezz al-Arab announced in a letter to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. It also donated $250,000 to the African Union’s COVID-19 Response Fund, al-Arab added. He praised the government’s efforts in battling the virus, and said that the people of Africa must come together and face this common enemy. The CIB has close relations with various African countries, such as opening a representative office in Ethiopia and acquiring a Kenyan bank, al-Arab said, which comes as part of the Egyptian government’s aspirations to support its fellow African nations.
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FILE - Men wearing protective face masks walk in downtown Cairo, amidst concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Egypt, May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyEgyptian 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. كلمة الرئيس السيسي حول جهود الدولة ومؤسستها ودورالمواطنين فى مكافحة فيروس كورونا المستجد كلمة الرئيس السيسي حول جهود الدولة ومؤسستها ودورالمواطنين فى مكافحة فيروس كورونا المستجد لمشاهدة المزيد: https://bit.ly/2x2Oej7 اشترك في قناة الرسمية: http:/...CAIRO – 10 May 2020: 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.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.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).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.
May 10, 2020 14:37 UTC
FILE PHOTO: A Libyan man waves a Libyan flag during a demonstration to demand an end to the Khalifa Haftar's offensive against Tripoli, in Martyrs' Square in central Tripoli, Libya April 26, 2019. The authority alleged the Ministry of Interior affiliated to the GNA of standing behind the crime.The authority explained that the abduction is an attempt to impede the administration's audit of the ministry's transactions demanding his immediate release without conditions.In January, the LNA and Libyan tribes announced the closure of oil fields and ports as the revenues had been used by the GNA to pay militants.The Tripoli-based GNA, which lost Sirte to the LNA in January 2020, is an interim non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations. The GNA is protected by militias, and signed in December 2019 two MoUs with Turkey on defense and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed in May that the number of Syrian mercenaries who were transported from Syria to Libya is 7,850 while that of militants who still receive training in Turkey is 3,000. The death toll of Syrian mercenaries in the North African state is 250.On May 6, the LNA announced the launch of "Ababil Birds" operation. In January, the LNA said it lied 100 kilometers from Misrata's center.A Libyan military source told Youm7 that the LNA downed in April around 60 drones that were granted by Turkey to the GNA militias in order to impede the advances of the Libyan Armed Forces towards Tripoli.
May 10, 2020 14:03 UTC
Egypt’s death rate has fallen by 2.8 percent reaching 42,144 deaths this April compared to 43,303 in April 2019, the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center said in an infographic report on Sunday. Regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the report said that “death rates due to coronavirus are still within the safe limits, compared to the other countries in spite of the increasing number of cases”. Death rates in Cairo fell by 7.3 percent in April compared to last year even despite the outbreak, the report added. Approximately 17 governorates including Cairo, Assiut, Damietta and Daqahliya witnessed declining death rates in April 2020 compared to April 2019. The report’s data are based on Health Affairs Directorates across the country and a system of automating births and death.
May 10, 2020 13:35 UTC
NBE board Monday - Egypt TodayCAIRO - 10 May 2020: The new saving certificates issued by the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and Banque Misr of 15-percent monthly return garnered 121 billion pounds since they were issued on March 22, the two banks said on Sunday.Mohamed el Atrebi, Board Chairman of Banque Misr, told MENA that the bank sold certificates worth 39 billion pounds since the new certificates were issued.They were also sold electronically as part of the preventive measures taken by the State to limit crowds to ban the spread of coronavirus, he added.Yehia Abul Fotouh, Vice President of the NBE, said the bank sold 82-billion-pound worth certificates since they were issued.The certificates were sold online or through the mobile banking application and the call center 19623, he added.The two banks issued these certificates as part of measures to ease the economic repercussions of coronavirus outbreak.
May 10, 2020 13:18 UTC