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Monday, 1 June 2020

Planned price controls on private hospitals reign supreme on Egypt’s talk shows

Planned price controls on private hospitals providing medical services for covid-19 patients was the main talking point on the airwaves last night. We have the full story in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

The government decided to shorten the nighttime curfew by one hour following calls from business owners who complained that the curfew was causing logistical problems for them, Information Minister Osama Heikal told Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 20:37).

The Education Ministry is not planning to postpone Thanaweya Amma exams again despite the rising number of covid-19 cases, Minister Tarek Shawki told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib. Shawki had previously said that students who choose to sit for this year’s exams will be required to maintain safe physical distances within the testing rooms, which will be rearranged to hold fewer students than normal. The exams are slated for 21 June (watch, runtime: 2:02).

Adib noted that Lufthansa has made available flights from Germany to Egypt in mid-June, although it remains undecided when Egypt will reopen its airspace to international commercial flights. The Madbouly Cabinet extended last month the international flight ban for two weeks, ending on 13 June. Cabinet is expected to decide this week whether to resume flights around mid-June or early July (watch, runtime: 2:18).

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