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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Egypt in the News on 16 April 2020

Tuesday’s shootout between security forces and suspected terrorists is still getting digital ink in the foreign press, with the National noting that Coptic Christian leader Pope Tawadros II mourned the death of the police officer killed in the raid. The UAE has expressed solidarity with Egypt and praised the security forces for the raid, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reports.

Covid-19 is also a running theme in the foreign press’ coverage of Egypt: The Independent says the stigma of covid-19 is “spreading faster” than the virus itself, while Al Monitor looks at how television production companies are working around the virus to prepare Ramadan mosalsalat. Elsewhere, the Associated Press has a photo essay showing closed businesses and empty streets in Cairo to highlight the economic pinch social distancing measures are causing.

More virtual tours: Egypt is opening its 5,000-year-old tomb of Queen Meresankh III without charge to online tourists to “visit” while in quarantine, the Guardian reports.

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