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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Mandatory pricing scheme for Egypt’s hospitals + rising covid-19 cases lead the airwaves

The biggest piece of news to emerge from the airwaves last night was the Health Ministry’s release of its mandatory pricing scheme for hospitals treating covid-19 patients, which El Hekaya’s Amr Adib broke down for viewers. We have the full story in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi zoned in on the trajectory of covid-19 cases and deaths in Egypt, taking note of Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar’s suggestion that the real number of cases is significantly higher than those detected and confirmed by the Health Ministry. We have the story in What We’re Tracking Today, above (watch, runtime: 3:01).

It remains “difficult to predict” when the government will decide to entirely lift its covid-19 lockdown measures, including the nighttime curfew and ban on international flights, Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad told El Hadidi. However, restaurants will likely be open to the public again soon under specific regulations, he said. Once they do open, mosques will also have a set of precautionary measures, including requiring all worshipers to bring their own prayer mats and maintain a safe physical distance from each other during prayer, Saad said. He also remained tight-lipped on the international flight ban, saying that Cabinet will decide on the matter at its meeting this week (watch, runtime: 19:40).

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