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Egypt's parliament delays convention for 2nd time due to COVID-19

Wed, Apr. 8, 2020
CAIRO - 8 April 2020: The House of Representative delayed convening from April 12 to the 29th as precautionary measures against COVID-19.

Parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal said Wednesday that the decision comes in response to the government’s extension of a nightly curfew for another two weeks to limit the spread of the coronavirus and call to practice social distancing.

This is the second time the parliament has postponed convening in its headquarters owing to the novel virus. The primary date of convention was March 29, but it was postponed because of the curfew.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian lawmakers continue to perform their duties via video conferences.

A number of parliamentarians have demanded that travelling between governorates be banned for 14 days as a precautionary measure to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The Parliament members also called for allocating a quarantine hospital in each governorate, away from urban areas.

A total of 110 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the northeastern African country to 1,560, including 305 people who have recovered, according to a Wednesday Health Ministry statement.

The death toll due to infection with the virus also rose to 103, after the ministry confirmed nine new deaths during the past 24 hours.
 
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