Egypt’s nighttime curfew extension takes the lead on the airwaves
The decision to extend our nighttime curfew for another two weeks was in the spotlight on last night’s talk shows. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Hossam Haddad (watch, runtime: 6:59), Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan (watch, runtime: 4:04), and Min Masr’s Amr Khalil (watch, runtime: 4:34) each recapped the broad strokes of the decision. We have the story in What We’re Tracking Today, above.
If citizens strictly adhere to the curfew and social distancing practices, the outbreak will likely be stamped out by June, Information Minister Osama Heikal told Yahduth fi Misr’s Sherif Amer. Heikal expressed his concern that some people will flout the restrictions during Sham El Nessim and Ramadan, which could prove critical to how the epidemic unfolds (watch, runtime: 8:26).
The government is trying to strike a balance in its policies between prioritizing public health and avoiding a complete economic shutdown. Rolling back the curfew one hour to cut down on public transport congestion is one such example, Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad told Radwan (watch, runtime: 8:08). Saad also said on ‘Ala Mas’ouleety that the decision to allow restaurants to deliver food around the clock is meant to keep businesses and consumption above water (watch, runtime: 3:09)
Separately, Saad confirmed that businesses that lay off staff or cut their wages will not be eligible for tax relief or any other economic incentives the government will roll out. Finance Minister Mohamed Maait had said as much earlier this week.