EgyptAir Airbus A330-300 on finals into LHR. Still with the flag added on the tail and 'Arab Republic of Eqypt' titles at the front for a presidential flight at the beginning of March – Airliners/ Richard Vandervord
CAIRO – 1 April 2020: An exceptional flight arrived at Cairo International Airport from Paris on Wednesday, carrying 87 Egyptian nationals who were stranded in France. The European country has so far reported more than 52,000 cases infected with the novel coronavirus.
This comes while Egypt has suspended international flights until April 15th as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.
All passengers were screened on arrival and were put into quarantine inside a nearby hotel, after it has been prepared to quarantine Egyptians coming from abroad. The flight was operated by Air Cairo, which is owned by the Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir.
Egyptian Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad on Tuesday said citizens abroad would not be allowed to fly to Egypt unless they sign a quarantine commitment letter, meaning that it is compulsory. The remarks were made after citizens coming from Kuwait refused to be quarantined at their expense.
Saad urged businessmen to take care of the quarantine expenses for the Egyptians evacuated from abroad.
CAIRO - 31 March 2020: EgyptAir concluded on Tuesday its exceptional flights to evacuate 1,500 Egyptians stranded in Kuwait. The decision to operate these exceptional flights came as part of the Egyptian government's plan to evacuate Egyptians abroad after flights were suspended due to coronavirus.
The Egyptian Ministry of Health recorded on Tuesday 54 new positive cases for COVID-19 virus to have the number of the infected rising to 710, 157 of them recovered, and 46 died.
The Ministry’s spokesperson Khaled Megahed said that the results of 205 came negative and five Egyptians died, two of them died before being admitted to the hospital. Megahed added that the 54 new cases included patients who came from overseas and others who contracted the virus from previous cases.
Megahed pointed out that the cases with positive results are being treated at quarantine hospitals according to the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The minister of health Hala Zayed said that the pandemic statistics in Egypt suggest that for each million there are six positive cases.