Egyptians vent frustration at lack of coronavirus measures as metro images go viral

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The pictures that surfaced online claim to show a carriage where commuters appear to be packed in with no distancing at all between the riders. (Facebook)
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A man wearing a protective face mask is seen at the underground Al Shohadaa "Martyrs" metro station while Egypt ramps up its efforts to slow down the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cairo, Egypt March 22, 2020. (Reuters)
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A member of medical team sprays disinfectant as a precautionary move amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at the underground Al Shohadaa "Martyrs" metro station in Cairo, Egypt March 22, 2020. (Reuters)
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Members of medical team spray disinfectant as a precautionary move amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at the underground Al Shohadaa "Martyrs" metro station in Cairo, Egypt March 22, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 22 March 2020

Egyptians vent frustration at lack of coronavirus measures as metro images go viral

  • The pictures claim to show a carriage where commuters appear to be packed in with no distancing at all
  • Online comments spoke of fears of the spread of COVID-19

CAIRO: Internet users in Egypt are expressing concern at images showing metro commuters packed on a train as the country tries to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The pictures that surfaced online claim to show a carriage where commuters appear to be packed in with no distancing at all between the riders.  

Online comments spoke of fears of how not suspending the subway service would contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

The country's transport minister, Kamel El-Wazir, said suspending Cairo's metro system due to the virus would not be possible because the subway and the railway serve about 3.6 million citizens on a daily basis.

El-Wazir was quoted by local media saying that sterilization operations were taking place up to 6 times every 24 hours as a precautionary measure. 

Egypt took measures over the weekend to sterilize buildings for public and private sectors as well as public areas and subway stations and trains. It is also broadcasting awareness messages on the internal radio at the subway stations and public buses about personal hygiene. 

 


Yemen receives COVID-19 aid as medical sector struggles with virus

Updated 08 July 2020

Yemen receives COVID-19 aid as medical sector struggles with virus

  • Coronavirus continues to spread in several governorates in Yemen
  • The shipment contains 8,000 testing kits and 15 tonnes of medicine, equipment and safety gear

DUBAI: A shipment of coronavirus aid arrived in Aden on Tuesday as Yemen’s medical sector continues to struggle with the spread of the virus. 
A medical package of 8,000 testing kits and 15 tonnes of medicine, equipment and safety gear was sent by UNICEF, state news agency Saba New reported.
Coronavirus continues to spread in several governorates in Yemen as the country’s battered medical sector is unable to deliver, the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) said earlier this week. 
The country only has six labs where coronavirus can be tested, which according to the IOM makes the impact of the disease is hidden. 
“Lack of access to soap and water means the illness can spread faster,” a report by the IOM said.  
The country also lacks ventilators and PCR tests, official spokesman for the Supreme Emergency Committee for Combating Coronavirus Ishraq Al-Siba’i told Saba New last month.
The country’s health sector has been battered by five years of war between the Iran-backed Houthi militia and the government, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.