1.2M Egyptian irregular workers apply for emergency allowance in 1 week

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Sun, 29 Mar 2020 - 03:34 GMT

An Egyptian craftsman handles wood parts for furniture at his workshop in the city of Damietta, Egypt January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Hayam Adel

An Egyptian craftsman handles wood parts for furniture at his workshop in the city of Damietta, Egypt January 14, 2020. Picture taken January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Hayam Adel

CAIRO - 29 March 2020: Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan told the media that the number of irregular workers who applied on the ministry’s website to receive financial assistance worth LE500 monthly has recorded 1.2 million since last week until Sunday.

Sunday only marked 500,000 applications which will be reviewed to evaluate eligibility. Already registered irregular workers have started receiving the allowance that is an emergency measure mandated by the coronavirus outbreak.

The state has allocated LE100 billion to face the repercussions of the pandemic, including boosting the social safety network, and healthcare services. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced on March 24 granting the Ministry of Health and Population LE1 billion to handle the COVID-19 crisis.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days, including a partial curfew.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.


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