Egyptian government orders return of 4 million people to work amid COVID-19 outbreak!!
Despite the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic all over Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Housing has announced the return of 4 million workers, technicians and engineers, to work in construction projects at full capacity next week, confirming that the construction companies will not suspend work due to losses, reported Rassd News Network in a tweet on its account on Twitter Saturday.
Egypt has reported around 1,000 confirmed cases and 66 fatalities from the global pandemic. Authorities have closed schools and mosques, banned public gatherings and imposed a nighttime curfew to prevent the virus from spreading among the population of 100 million, a fifth of whom live in the densely-populated capital, Cairo.
Egypt’s Health Ministry reported a spike in cases on Friday, with 120 new infections and eight fatalities, its highest one-day tally since the first case was reported in February.
The government has not yet imposed the kind of total lockdown seen in other countries in the region, but officials have said there are plans for stricter measures if needed.
Tens of medics in Egypt’s hospitals have been quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials said Saturday
Several doctors took to social media to criticize the institute’s leadership for not taking restrictive measures earlier.
Cairo University said it has established a fact-finding mission to investigate the measures taken by the institute to prevent the virus from spreading.
More than a million people have been infected worldwide and more than 50,000 have died from the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus. More than 200,000 have recovered, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University.