FILE - Students line up on the first day of their new school year at a government school in Giza – Reuters
CAIRO – 16 March 2020: The Egyptian Ministry of Health on Sunday said a sterilization process will start at all schools nationwide starting Friday, as schools were suspended for two weeks over coronavirus following a presidential order.
This comes a day after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered allocating LE 100 billion ($6.4 billion), to fund an anti-coronavirus strategy and related precautionary measures.
The decision to suspend classes at schools and universities was announced after six school students tested positive for coronavirus.
The Health Ministry, in a statement, called on citizens to avoid crowded areas, follow the preventive guidelines issued by the ministry and the World Health Organization, and stop smoking, especially hookah.
The statement also urges the elderly and the chronic disease patients to take their medications on time, as they are one of the most vulnerable groups to infection with the novel virus.
The Health Ministry on Sunday recorded 16 new coronavirus cases, who it said were in direct contact with previously confirmed patients except one of them, bringing the total number of coronavirus patients in the North African country to 126, the Ministry spokesman, Khaled Megahed said.
The ministry also released five cases from quarantine after they received proper medical care, in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization and were treated. The total number of those recovering from the new virus has reached 26 cases.