Egypt's PM affirmed media's role in raising people's awareness, refuting rumors

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Tue, 09 Jun 2020 - 02:28 GMT

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli during the press conference

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli during the press conference

CAIRO - 9 June 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli stressed the importance of the media's vital role in the nation's progress, pointing out strong media is needed in difficult times to raise the people's awareness and refute the rumors.

This came during his meeting with Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal to review the Egyptian media outlets' addressing of the coronavirus crisis.

The government is keen on communicating with the media outlets in all events over the past time to explain the government's decisions and policies to the local and international communities, Madbouli noted.

Meanwhile, Heikal thanked President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Madbouli for their great support to achieve the Information Ministry's strategy.

Heikal pointed out the ministry's policy is based on the collaborative coordination and harmony among the State's institutions in light of the latest developments at the local and international levels.

He added that the ministry was keen on delivering a clear image of the government tackling the coronavirus, citing holding press conferences after the meetings of the coronavirus crisis management committee.

It should be noted that Egypt recorded 1365 new coronavirus, COVID-19 cases, on June 8, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 35444.

Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 34 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 1271.

As many as 414 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 9375 so far, the spokesman said.

The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 10618, he added.

Earlier, the Egyptian government, chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, shortened the hours of the night-time curfew to start from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am for 15 days, in terms of the government’s new decision to cope with and mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a cabinet meeting attended by Minister of Health Hala Zayed and Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and other ministers, Madbouli announced that the new decision of the COVID-19 curfew will come into effect on Saturday.

All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), entertainment avenues, and other local shops will remain closed, the decision added.

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