A new video showed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inspecting, with light security, one of the construction sites
CAIRO – 10 April 2020: A new video showed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inspecting, with light security, one of the construction sites to make sure the laborers abide by coronavirus precautionary measures.
The president affirmed the need to stick to the preventive measures to avoid infection with the novel virus, including wearing face masks and avoiding large gatherings.
Sisi, in a previously published video, seemingly on the same day on Thursday reprimanded officials at a construction site for not providing workers with masks.
“Orders must be followed. Why aren’t these people wearing masks? How much are they even paid in a day? Because if they had to stay home, they wouldn’t be able to make ends meet,” Sisi fervently says in a video of the incident.
“I will pass by here again, and if I do not see the measures applied, there will be a big problem,” the president added before leaving the site.
The Health Ministry on Thursday reported new 139 cases of coronavirus and 15 deaths, bringing the total number to 1,699 and 118 respectively.
The number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 468, including 348 people who recovered from the virus, the ministry added.
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said all the 139 new cases are Egyptians. All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, the spokesman said.
On Wednesday, the prime minister gave a speech to announce measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, including extending curfew and the flight ban in the northeastern African country until April 23rd.
Among the decisions intensifying sterilization procedures for all state facilities and deducting salaries of the prime minister and state ministers by 20 percent for three months to support precarious employment.
“Our projections for this week were 120-150 cases daily. There will be increases in the number of infections in the coming two or three weeks…but the more important thing is that the rise is slight and gradual,” Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli noted.