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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Electricity Ministry spox blankets Egypt’s airwaves to talk price hikes

Electricity Ministry spokesman Ayman Hamza blanketed the airwaves yesterday to explain the increase in electricity prices that come into effect as of 1 July. We have the full breakdown in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

The gradual lifting of subsidies allows the ministry to reroute these resources to improve infrastructure, including repairing and expanding the national grid, Hamza told Yahduth fi Misr’s Sherif Amer. Hamza also noted that the majority of citizens fall under the two lowest consumption tiers, which are still largely subsidized (watch, runtime: 3:33). The spokesman also phoned in to Al Tase’a Masa’an (watch, runtime: 23:48) and ‘Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 44:36) for similar conversations.

Yesterday’s tripartite GERD meeting also earned some attention from Amer (watch, runtime: 3:14) and Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan (watch, runtime: 2:23). The story is also in this morning’s Speed Round.

Elsewhere, the World Health Organization’s (frankly confusing) statements yesterday on the risk of asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus had Radwan scratching his head. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases Unit director, said yesterday that asymptomatic transmission is “very rare,” but later walked back on the claim (watch, runtime: 3:14).

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