Egypt sanitizes prisons, examines inmates in fight against coronavirus spread

A picture taken during a guided tour organised by Egypt's State Information Service on February 11, 2020, shows detainees waiting their turn to receive treatment at Tora prison clinic in the Egyptian capital Cairo. (File/AFP)
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Updated 02 June 2020

Egypt sanitizes prisons, examines inmates in fight against coronavirus spread

DUBAI: Egypt has sanitized prisons and carried out tests on prisoners across the country after banning visits to help curb the spread of coronavirus, local daily Egypt Today reported.
Masks have  also been given out to inmates and workers, and a higher number of sanitizers and detergents have been made available. The prisons have also been provided with infrared thermometer guns.
A total of 5,532 prisoners in the country were released on May 24, which was the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, as per a presidential pardon, the Ministry of Interior announced in a statement.
Egypt has recorded so far 26,384 coronavirus infected patients, of which 6,297 have recovered, and 1,005 people died.


Russia working on immediate Libya cease-fire with Turkey

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Russia working on immediate Libya cease-fire with Turkey

MOSCOW: Russia and Turkey are working on an immediate cease-fire agreement for the conflict in Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the Interfax news agency.
Lavrov said the Libyan National Army (LNA), which Russia backs, is ready to sign a cease-fire document and hopes that Turkey will manage to convince the country’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) to do the same.