The Egyptian Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar announced the beginning of a sterilization and disinfection campaign at Ain Shams University in Cairo, as part of state precautionary measures to combat the spread of the deadly virus.
He added that the disinfection efforts included several faculties and installations affiliated with the university.
Saturday’s mission included seven military officers and 56 soldiers from the crisis management and chemical warfare department, according to the Ministry of Higher Education statement.
Earlier on Friday, the American University in Cairo announced that it would bring forward its spring vacation to start Sunday 15 March, then to resume classes through online platforms as part of the university’s precautionary measures against COVID-19.
The Education Ministry decided to postpone national exams for Egyptian students living in countries that have initiated school suspensions. It has also decided to suspend student activities at schools across the country.
Last week, the City International School at Cairo’s Zamalek has been closed after a parent of one of the students was in contact with a foreigner who tested positive for COVID-19.
The Education Ministry said that school students, teachers, and headmasters were required to self-isolate for 14 days.