Egypt must coexist with coronavirus pandemic: cabinet spokesperson

Above, a view of the area around Bab Zuweila, one of the remaining gates in the walls of the old medieval city of Cairo on April 24, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 09 May 2020

Egypt must coexist with coronavirus pandemic: cabinet spokesperson

  • Egyptian government hoping it can ‘start a new period’ by June 1

DUBAI: Egyptians must learn to coexist with the coronavirus pandemic as the country pushes forward with efforts to reopen the economy by the end of Ramadan, cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said.

The government is hoping it can ‘start a new period’ by June 1, and will review its position on restrictions imposed over the pandemic before the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, forecast to start on May 23, Saad said in a report from Ahram.

The official stressed the necessity of a ‘gradual return to normal life, but with certain preventive measures,’ especially as not all countries can continue imposing lockdowns until a vaccine is developed, due to the economic repercussions.

“A return of activities or facilities will not be the same before the pandemic. Certain measures, including face masks, would be obligatory in cinemas and theatres, for example, or at governmental buildings,” Saad said.

“Face masks are not luxury now. They are a basic necessity given the pandemic.”


Israel's Mossad head meets top Bahrain security officials

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Israel's Mossad head meets top Bahrain security officials

DUBAI: The head of Israel’s foreign intelligence service Mossad met Bahrain's heads of national intelligence and strategic security during a visit to Bahrain on Wednesday, Bahrain's state news agency (BNA) reported.
Joseph (Yossi) Cohen discussed during his meetings issues of common interest and cooperation prospects among the two countries, BNA said on Thursday.