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Monday, 16 November 2020

Last Night’s Talk Shows on 16 November 2020

Coverage of the coronavirus continued unabated on the airwaves last night, while a few of the nation’s talking heads made room for discussing the results of the parliamentary election announced earlier in the day.

Nurseries could close if the second wave escalates: Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa phoned Social Solidarity Minister Nevine El Kabbaj, who said that all nurseries around the country could be forced to close if the pandemic worsens in the weeks or months ahead. Four nurseries have been closed for failing to adhere to precautionary measures, she said, emphasising that the vast majority of them continue to operate as normal (watch, runtime: 11:30).

But the academic year will go on: Around 300 students have been diagnosed with covid since the beginning of the academic year, Education Minister Tarek Shawki told El Hekaya's Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 23:59). In a separate interview on Al Hayah Al Youm, Shawki repeated that the ministry doesn’t want to see the academic year “disrupted” and insisted that it is in a better position to cope with rising infection rates than it was last year (watch, runtime: 23:24).

No tuition fee hikes— yet: Shawki denied media reports that the ministry has decided to raise school tuition fees, telling Sherdy that the information is based on a leaked internal letter and that no final decision has been taken. The ministry will announce its new plan for fees in January, he said.

Update on Mo Salah’s health status: Hossam Hosni, head of the Health Ministry’s covid-19 committee and current star of the small screen, was back on the airwaves last night, telling El Hadidi that Mohamed Salah has been allowed to travel to El Gouna after his doctor cleared him for medical supervision (watch, runtime: 14:56).

House elections: Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 4:51) and Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mohamed Sherdy (watch: runtime: 5:23) both covered the results from the second stage of the parliamentary election, which were announced yesterday. We have full coverage in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

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