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Sunday, 8 March 2020

Talk shows break down Nile boat covid-19 cases, Kuwaiti travel restrictions

Covid-19 and GERD continued to fill the nation’s airwaves last night: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal reported on the 12 cases that were first tested positive for the covid-19 virus after having been on board a Luxor Nile cruise boat. The number of positive cases had increased to 44 after persons they had come into contact with were also tested, the report noted. They were airlifted to a quarantine facility in a Marsa Matrouh hospital (watch, runtime: 3:07), (watch, runtime: 2:27). Min Masr’s Amr Khalil aired the same report (watch, runtime: 4:48).

Travel to Kuwait on hold: Assal also reported on EgyptAir’s cancellation of flights to Kuwait. The decision comes on the heels of Kuwait’s decision to suspend travel from several countries, including Egypt, for a week starting on 9 March over covid-19 fears (watch, runtime: 0:30). Khalil carried the same report (watch, runtime: 0:59).

GERD talks still contentious: Assal also again reviewed the joint statement by Arab foreign ministers presented at the Arab League to condemn Ethiopia’s latest position over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Sudanese officials had also expressed their “reservations” that Ethiopia’s resolution does not serve their interests and might lead to confrontation (watch, runtime: 4:45). Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary also carried the report (watch, runtime: 4:51).

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