Egypt

Beaches unprecedentedly empty during Egypt’s ‘Sham El-Nessim’ holiday

CAIRO – 20 April 2020: As the government has affirmed it would close all places that can have large gatherings over coronavirus especially in coastal cities during the national holiday of Sham El-Nessim, beaches on Monday appeared unprecedentedly empty. Tougher restrictions have been imposed during this day to limit people’s mobility amid the coronavirus crisis. Footage showed Alexandria, which receives ...

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Egypt says 18 suspected armed fighters killed in Sinai firefight

Egypt’s interior ministry has said 18 suspected armed group members were killed in North Sinai in a firefight with security forces, two days after a deadly blast claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) armed group. “National security received intelligence about terrorist elements hiding out in a home in Bir al-Abed, where they were planning to launch hostile operations,” the ministry said ...

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Egyptian activists circulate photo of coronavirus patient, claiming negligence

Egyptian activists circulated on Facebook a photo of a female coronavirus patient lying on the ground next to an ambulance in the courtyard of Shebin al-Qanater Hospital, claiming negligence on the part of healthcare workers. Director of Shebin al-Qanater Hospital Dr. Hassan Mansour said that the woman arrived at the hospital three days ago suffering from a hepatic coma with ...

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Egypt’s el-Sisi expands powers, citing coronavirus pandemic

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has approved amendments to the country’s state of emergency that grant him and security agencies additional powers, which the government says are needed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The changes on Saturday were condemned by a prominent rights group, which said Cairo has used the public health crisis to “expand, not reform, ...

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495 New COVID-19 Cases in Egypt, Toll Reaches 8,476

Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced on Friday evening that it had recorded 495 new COVID-19 infections and 21 new deaths since Thursday evening. The increase means a total of 8,476 have been infected in Egypt since the start of the outbreak and 503 have died. The Ministry of Health also announced that the number of patients who have fully recovered ...

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Syria: As coronavirus threat intensifies, ceasefire more urgent than ever

Syria desperately needs a nationwide ceasefire to enable its war-weary citizens to access the equipment and resources necessary to combat COVID-19, the UN’s top envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. “We cannot afford hostilities which would surely lead to another surge in displaced vulnerable communities”, Geir O. Pedersen said via video-teleconference. “We could not afford this ...

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Egypt records 358 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths

CAIRO, 1 May 2020: Egypt recorded, Friday 358 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 5,895 and the total deaths to 406 according to Health Minster’s daily briefing. Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed added that 79 patients, were discharged from the hospital after being confirmed that they are completely recovered from the ...

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Egypt denies reports on resuming aviation movement to normal

CAIRO- 1 May 2020: The Cabinet Media Center has termed as groundless and baseless reports on returning aviation movement to normal as of May 16. In a statement Friday, the center said it contacted the Ministry of Aviation which dismissed the reports, pointing out that the suspension of flights continued in light a cabinet decision and that no new measures ...

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Egypt’s Sisi urges continuous African coordination to face coronavirus

CAIRO – 29 April 2020: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday highlighted the need for the continuous communication between African countries to coordinate joint efforts to face the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as he addressed a number of African heads of state via video conferencing, the Egyptian Presidency said. The summit included Presidents of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta, President of South ...

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The spike in coronavirus cases is within predicted norms: Egypt’s health minister

Minister of Health Hala Zayed said the recent rise in the number of coronavirus cases is still within the predicted norms, adding that the cases detected on Friday were the result of more than 6,000 PCR tests. Egypt reported on Friday 358 new coronavirus cases, marking the highest single-day toll and bringing the number of cases to 5,895, the health ...

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