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Monday, 29 June 2020

Covid-19 back in the limelight on Egypt’s talk shows

Covid-19 was in the limelight on the airwaves last night after the country took its latest steps towards reopening the economy on Saturday.

The government could decide to re-impose lockdown measures, including returning to the nighttime curfew if the infection rate spikes as a result of the reopening, Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad told Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary. Saad reminded viewers that the pandemic is not over — and that everybody should follow personal precautionary measures laid out by the government, including wearing face masks in closed spaces and on public transport (watch, runtime: 6:20).

We’re seeing more cases, but fewer people in critical condition, Hossam Hosni, head of the scientific committee at the Health Ministry told Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi. Around 2-3% of new daily confirmed cases are considered “critical” and only 10% require ICU treatment, Hosni said (watch, runtime: 2:15).

On the bright side, the pandemic accelerated the adoption of e-learning, which is part of the Education Ministry’s broad reform program, Minister Tarek Shawki told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib. Shawki noted that the ministry has rolled out several online communication platforms and online libraries for students to benefit from (watch, runtime: 11:24).

Are you ready for an electric 128? State-owned El Nasr Automotive is expected to complete feasibility studies and sign a final agreement to assemble as many as 25k electric cars a year with a Chinese company within three months, Public Enterprises Minister Hisham Tawfik told ‘Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa. Tawfik didn’t name the company, but we’re still banking on it being Wuhan-based Dongfeng, which was in negotiations with El Nasr to assemble EVs since last year before the covid-19 pandemic delayed talks. Tawfik expects each car to retail for about EGP 300k (watch, runtime: 18:38).

In other transport updates, Transport Minister Kamel El Wazir broke down his ministry’s plan to develop the Arab Organization for Industrialization’s Semaf railway factory, which should be complete by October 2020 (watch, runtime: 52:53).

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