COVID-19 kills an entire Egyptian family after a wedding

Pharmacist Mohamed Al-Fangari and his family have died due to coronavirus. (Courtesy: Al-Hurra TV)
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Updated 24 September 2020

COVID-19 kills an entire Egyptian family after a wedding

  • Health Ministry says total number of recorded cases has reached 102,375

CAIRO: An Egyptian family died in Damietta governorate after contracting COVID-19 at a relative’s wedding.

The mother of the family returned home from her nephew’s wedding infected with the virus, and in turn infected her husband and two of her children before she died.

On August 26, pharmacist Mohamed Al-Fangari announced that his mother’s death was due to the coronavirus.

Ten days later, he revealed the death of his father, and three days later his brother also died from the virus.

After a few days, Al-Fangari announced that he, too, was infected.

Egyptian media later revealed that he died.

Before his death, Al-Fangari shared several posts on his Facebook page about his family’s infection with the virus, asking people not to bully COVID-19 patients.

“We are all confident in God’s ability, mercy and justice, and are satisfied with his judgment,” he said on his Facebook account. “From the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in February, I have not shied away from my responsibility in front of people, and I have not been negligent with knowledge, advice, or material or moral assistance,” he said.

“I swear we have been quarantined in our house since the beginning of March. The only time my mother went out was after the Eid for her nephew’s wedding. She got infected from one of her relatives there, and then the infection was transmitted to a large number of family members.”

His friends and the people of Damietta bade farewell to Al-Fangari by spreading condolences and prayers on social media.

The number of new daily coronavirus cases is falling Egypt, according to government statements.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population reported 121 new coronavirus cases and 16 deaths.

The ministry said the total number of recorded coronavirus cases had reached 102,375, with 91,843 recoveries and 5,822 deaths.

Turkey irked over joint declaration by Cyprus, Greece and Egypt

Updated 23 October 2020

Turkey irked over joint declaration by Cyprus, Greece and Egypt

  • The joint statement also asked Turkey to accept Cyprus’ invitation to enter negotiations for an agreement on maritime delimitations

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday slammed a joint statement by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt that condemns Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and numerous “provocations” that they maintain are threatening regional peace.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it “fully rejected the declaration containing baseless accusations and allegations.”
During a trilateral regional summit on Wednesday in Nicosia, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged Ankara to end its “aggressive” actions.
The joint statement also asked Turkey to accept Cyprus’ invitation to enter negotiations for an agreement on maritime delimitations. Greece and Cyprus have signed maritime border agreements with Egypt while dismissing a similar deal that Ankara signed with Libya’s Tripoli-based government as “legally invalid.”
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said the declaration attacked Ankara rather than supporting peace and stability in the region. It repeated Turkey’s position that cooperation could only take place with the inclusion of Turkish Cypriots in governing and sharing the resources of the ethnically divided island nation.
“We will continue with determination to protect our rights and the rights of Turkish Cypriots in the eastern Mediterranean,” the ministry statement said.
The trilateral summit took place amid high tensions between nominal NATO allies Greece and Turkey over maritime borders and energy rights.
In late summer, Turkey dispatched a research vessel escorted by warships to conduct seismic research in a part of the Mediterranean Sea that Greece claims as its territory, which prompted the Greek government to deploy its own warships.
Turkey pulled the research ship back to shore for several weeks for maintenance and to allow time for diplomacy but redeployed the Oruc Reis on a new energy exploration mission. A maritime announcement by Turkey says the Oruc Reis and two other ships would continue working in the area until Oct. 27.
Turkey also has had ships prospecting for oil and gas reserves in waters that Cyprus claims as its exclusive economic zone.