Over the Egyptian state plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic, known as novel COVID-19, Osama Heikal, the Minister of Information, said three scenarios were identified in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.
In statements with Cairo Now programme, presented by news anchor Lamees al-Hadidi and broadcast via al-Arabiya al-Hadath channel, Haikal noted that the government was applying the first scenario before the increase of the coronavirus infections across the country.
Last week, the government started adopting the second scenario which included the closure of schools and universities for two weeks and the suspension of all air flights coming to Egypt.
The Egyptian official stressed that the second scenario and the state’s protective measure will only succeed when all Egyptians fully cooperate with the government and abide by its instructions and measures.
“During that period, the two weeks, we will purify and sterilize all schools and hotels, as well as tourist villages so that things are stable and the focus will be more on Egyptians with this disease,” Haikal added.
He continued that when the government took the decision to suspend the study, it was noticed that citizens were going out and going to shopping stores, in addition to cafe shops, describing them “As if it was a school summer vacation.”
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On Monday, the Ministry of Health and Population announced the registration of 40 new cases that proved positive for its new coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the number of infected people to 166, in addition to recording two new deaths.
The new cases that have proven positive include 35 Egyptians, 5 cases of foreigners of different nationalities.
Heikal was the first minister of information following the 2011 revolution. Heikal remained in post for seven months, from June 2011 to December 2011. Two other ministers followed Heikal until the ministry was officially abolished in 2014 shortly after President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi took office in June the same year.
Last December, former head of Parliament’s committee of Media and Culture Heikal was appointed as minister of state for media affairs for the second time, after a limited cabinet reshuffle.