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Egypt's Govt Confirms its Transparency on COVID-19 Cases

Egypt's Govt Confirms its Transparency on COVID-19 Cases

Friday, 14 August, 2020 - 11:30
High school students wearing protective masks wait in line during the first day of final exams, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The Egyptian government said that it was dealing with transparency with the numbers of Covid-19 infections and deaths, in light of a remarkable decrease in registered cases over the past days.

In remarks on Thursday, Osama Haikal, the Minister of State for Information said: “Since the first outbreak of the pandemic, the State has made sure that the Egyptian citizens be partners in managing the crisis and announced the facts about infections and deaths on a daily basis.”

The medical authorities recorded a decline in cases. In a statement, the Egyptian Health Ministry announced that 129 new positive cases were registered on Thursday, compared to 1,013 people who recovered and were discharged from hospitals the same day.

Hala Al-Saeed, the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, said that a number of international institutions “praised the efforts made by the Egyptian government to confront the coronavirus,” noting that the country has performed well in all sectors and levels during this unprecedented crisis.

Her comments came during a meeting of the ministerial committee in charge with documenting the government’s efforts to combat the outbreak of Covid-19.

“The state was keen on transparency in dealing with the crisis and conveying the facts in full to the Egyptian citizens, who are partners in managing the crisis,” she said.

The Egyptian government had allowed the opening of cafes and restaurants until 12:00 midnight, increasing the occupancy rate to 50 percent of the capacity, as well as allowing the holding of official conferences and meetings, provided that the number of participants does not exceed 50 people.

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