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Monday, 6 April 2020

Covid-19 outbreak at Egypt’s cancer institute tops talk show coverage

The covid-19 outbreak at the National Cancer Institute was front and center in the talking heads’ coverage of the virus in Egypt.

Around 800 staff members and patients at the institute have been tested for covid-19 since 17 doctors and nurses tested positive for the virus over the weekend, Cairo University spokesman Mohamed Alam El Din told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 4:46). President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had issued directives to the government to carry out contact tracing on patients who visited the institute over the past two weeks to curb the outbreak, El Hekaya’s Amr Adib noted (watch, runtime: 7:05).

Tracking down the patients who visited the institute over the past two weeks is a key focus since they came into contact with the infected medical staff, one of the infected doctors stressed to Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 10:52). Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 0:45) and Min Masr’s Amr Khalil also covered the story (watch, runtime: 1:50).

El Hosary also recapped the Health Ministry’s daily tally of covid-19 cases, which we have in What We’re Tracking Today, above (watch, runtime: 1:12 and runtime: 1:07).

WHO’s Egypt rep weighs in on how we can put a lid on the outbreak: Egypt’s covid-19 outbreak is “not insignificant” but remains under control, and we still have several options for how to handle the situation, World Health Organization (WHO) Egypt representative John Jabbour told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib. Any policy will only be successful if the government and people work together, he said. Jabbour noted that the WHO is aware that there are likely more cases in the country that remain undetected, and told Adib that detecting and treating these cases is of the utmost importance at this stage (watch, runtime: 25:15).

Students are not likely to return to in-person learning before the end of the current academic year, Education Minister Tarek Shawky told Adib. The ministry has administered at-home exams to thousands of students in anticipation of resuming the academic year with distance learning, Shawky said (watch, runtime: 1:54).

The government’s commitment to its economic reform program over the past few years has put us in a relatively good position to contain the fallout from the covid-19 outbreak, UN special envoy on financing the 2030 development agenda and veteran economist Mahmoud Mohieldin said on Al Hayah Al Youm. Mohieldin noted that global growth will see a marked slowdown because of the outbreak (watch, runtime: 1:17).

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