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. 

 


Iran says black boxes of downed Ukraine plane of ‘no help’

Kyan Nademi (R) sheds a tear during a memorial service at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario on January 12, 2020 for the victims of Ukrainian Airlines flight 752 which was shot down over Iran. (AFP)
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Iran says black boxes of downed Ukraine plane of ‘no help’

TEHRAN: The black boxes of a Ukrainian plane mistakenly downed near Tehran airport will be of “no help” in any investigation, but Iran is ready to transfer them abroad, state media said Saturday.
Flight 752, an Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, was struck by a missile and crashed shortly after taking off from the Tehran airport on January 8.
“Even though the investigation is nearly complete and the contents of the boxes will be of no help for the investigation, we are ready to give them to a third country or to a (foreign) company,” Mohsen Baharvand, deputy foreign affairs minister, was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Iranian civilian authorities insisted it was likely caused by a technical malfunction, vehemently denying claims the plane was shot down.
But in the early hours of January 11, the Iranian military admitted that the plane was shot down due to “human error,” killing 176 people, mainly Iranians and Canadians, including many dual nationals.
Ottawa has demanded for several months that Iran, which does not have the technical means to decode the black boxes, send the items abroad so that their content can be analyzed.
After Tehran said in March it was ready to transfer the black boxes to France or Ukraine, Canada’s foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne guardedly welcomed a “step in the right direction,” while noting that he would judge Iranian authorities on “their actions and not just their words.”
In his interview with IRNA, Baharvand implied that Iran had certain conditions for transferring the black boxes abroad, but did not elaborate.