Iraq reports 24-hour virus toll record of over 3,800

Men, some clad in masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, stand underneath a roadside shower along Sinak street in Baghdad on August 9, 2020, to cool off due to extremely high temperature rises amidst a heatwave. (AFP)
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Updated 13 August 2020

Iraq reports 24-hour virus toll record of over 3,800

  • The novel coronavirus has brought Iraq’s fragile economy to its knees
  • It made Iraq one of the worst hit countries in the Middle East, but still far behind neighboring Iran

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s health ministry Thursday reported 3,841 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, a record since the first infection was registered in February.
The latest count raises total confirmed cases in Iraq to 164,277, including 5,641 deaths, according to the ministry.
The novel coronavirus has brought Iraq’s fragile economy to its knees and overwhelmed hospitals already stretched by decades of conflict and a lack of investment.
Iraq reopened to commercial flights in late July after four months of lockdown. Earlier that month it had lifted other restrictions and reopened malls and shops.
But the number of confirmed virus cases had risen steadily until Thursday’s record tally.
It made Iraq one of the worst hit countries in the Middle East, but still far behind neighboring Iran where total confirmed cases since February are over 300,000.


First government headquarters launched in Egypt’s new administrative capital

Egyptian police guard in front of the new government district in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) east of Cairo, Egypt May 2, 2019. (REUTERS)
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First government headquarters launched in Egypt’s new administrative capital

  • The establishments occupy 250,000 square meters of that area, with a total building area of ​​2 million square meters and a construction rate of 20 percent

CAIRO: Egypt has launched its first ministerial headquarters in the New Administrative Capital project, in preparation for the transfer of the most prominent government headquarters in Cairo to the new location in the coming months.

During Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly’s visit to the administrative capital, he inspected the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance, which has been furnished and equipped as a model for the rest of the ministries.

According to a statement from the Egyptian Cabinet, officials confirmed that the implementation rate of the government district had reached 87 percent and that the structure and internal buildings were fully complete. So far 234 floors, roofs and basements and 2,086 service rooms have been delivered.

The prime minister listened to an explanation from Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces officials about the executive position of the government district in the New Administrative Capital, which is located on an area of ​​1.5 million square meters.

The establishments occupy 250,000 square meters of that area, with a total building area of ​​2 million square meters and a construction rate of 20 percent. The rest of the space consists of gardens and roads.

The project includes 10 ministerial complexes with a total of 34 ministries, in addition to the Cabinet Presidency building, the Parliament building and the main axis in the middle of the ministerial buildings.

The prime minister witnessed the casting of the walls of the “L 45” floor of the Iconic Tower, the highest tower in Africa, and one of the distinctive icons of the New Capital project, which rises to about 385 meters. So far it sits at a height of 220 meters, which exceeds the height of the Cairo Tower, according to the Middle East News Agency.

Madbouly explained that the central business district will become a distinctive landmark in the new capital. He instructed the Chinese company implementing the project to complete all external construction work on the towers in late October 2021.

He revealed that the government is working to implement a new city near the New Administrative Capital in the coming period. Madbouly said that the decision on the construction of the new city will be issued soon, noting that work has started in the city as commissioned by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

“The New Administrative Capital is a model for nearly 20 new cities, whose construction is being carried out at the same level, which aims to absorb the increase in population and increase the globalized area in Egypt, preceded by proper planning,” he said.