Work in GEM project continues - supervisor

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 - 01:53 GMT

King Ramses Statue witness the construction works in GEM - Egypt Today

King Ramses Statue witness the construction works in GEM - Egypt Today

GIZA, Egypt, April 15 (MENA) - Major general Atef Moftah, the supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), said the finalization of the project has nothing to do with its opening date.

In press statements Wednesday, he said work at GEM was not suspended for even one day upon the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to continue with mega projects and to postpone their inauguration due to COVID-19

According to Moftah, the president was due to tour GEM to get acquainted with the date of the official opening which was due in the last quarter of this year.

He praised the government’s measures in fighting Coronavirus, saying the number of GEM workers has been reduced to curb the risks of the virus as part of preventive steps adopted by the state.

Moftah added that 75 companies worked in the project before the spread of the virus but the number now stands at 37 after the suspension of flights to fight the virus, pointing out that about 1000 foreigners left Egypt and 1700 workers and 300 engineers and supervisors remain at work.

On measures to combat the virus, he said that disinfecting and sterilizing operations has not stopped as part of safety measures.

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