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Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Police raid in Al Amiriya leads the conversation on Egypt’s talk shows

The airwaves followed the printed press yesterday in leading with coverage of a police raid in Al Amiriya that left one policeman and seven terrorists dead.

The raid lasted around four hours and came after security forces said they had gathered intelligence that the terrorists were plotting attacks on Christian worshippers gathering for Coptic Easter this weekend, Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan said.

Radwan aired footage of the shootout that appears to have been recorded by civilians living in the area (watch, runtime: 8:14). Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 2:12), Min Masr’s Reham Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 0:25) and Min Masr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 2:38) all had coverage.

Easter, Ramadan could make or break Egypt’s covid-19 curve: The curve of covid-19 infections is beginning to flatten out in the Middle East as a whole, but some countries were able to contain the virus’ spread before reaching staggering infection numbers by sticking to physical distancing and isolation measures, World Health Organization Regional Adviser Maha Talaat told Amer. With that in mind, Talaat urged viewers to resist the urge to attend large social gatherings during Easter, Sham El Nessim, and Ramadan, which she noted could completely change the trajectory of infections in Egypt (watch, runtime: 9:26).

Look at weekly, not daily figures for a better sense of what our curve currently looks like, Talaat told Amer. Speaking of which: Assal and Radwan each recapped the Health Ministry’s daily tally of new cases (watch, runtime: 1:11 and runtime: 15:54).

The Great Purge of Kramers from the country’s subsidy rolls has saved state coffers some EGP 5 bn after having removed 10 mn alleged welfare cheats from total of 80 mn subsidy recipients, Supply Minister Ali El Moselhy told ‘Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa. The subsidy rolls are now “the most precise” they have ever been and have become properly centralized to avoid duplicate data in the future, El Moselhy said (watch, runtime: 5:05).

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