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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Covid-19, GERD still top stories on talk shows

The death of Military Production Minister Mohamed El Assar led the talk shows last night, with all of the talking heads devoting a segment to covering the news. El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 3:48), Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 2:14), Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 1:34) and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 1:42).

Health expert urges caution as covid-19 infections fall: El Hekaya’s Amr Adib spoke with Health Ministry adviser Sherif Wadih, who warned against the relaxation of precautionary measures against covid-19 in light of yesterday’s noticeable decline in the number of daily infections. Wadih said the decline doesn’t mean the virus has vanished, adding that people should continue to abide by the safety measures until the number of cases falls further (watch, runtime: 5:04).

A GERD agreement continues to be elusive: El Hekaya’s Amr Adib phoned Irrigation Ministry spokesperson Mohamed El Sebaei, who said that there is yet to be an agreement between the three countries because Ethiopia is still refusing to cede ground despite Egypt showing flexibility. The current round of negotiations are expected to come to a close this coming Friday or Saturday, he said (watch, runtime: 7:16). Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 12:04) also covered the negotiations.

Detained former student Ahmed Zaki: Adib read the public prosecutor’s statement on the detention of former AUC student Ahmed Bassam Zaki for four days. Zaki is being investigated amid allegations that he assaulted four girls, one of whom was under 18 (watch, runtime: 11:11). Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 1:33) spoke with Nihad Abu El Qumsan, the lawyer and head of the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, who discussed the investigation procedures with the four girls (watch, runtime: 25:00). Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 7:29), and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 11:23) also covered the report.

Construction clampdown: El Hekaya’s Amr Adib spoke to Cabinet spokesperson Nader Saad about Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly’s announcement yesterday that all residential construction in certain neighborhoods will be banned due to years of illegal construction. Saad said that the government would prepare a report within three months, and based on it prohibit construction in some areas (watch, runtime: 4:53). Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary spoke with Khaled Kassem, the Local Development Minister’s assistant, who also discussed the ministry’s decision to prohibit construction in some areas (watch, runtime: 8:44). Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa also covered the report (watch, runtime: 1:22).

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