Egypt to consider opening airspace, set maximum price for coronavirus treatment: Gov’t

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Mon, 01 Jun 2020 - 12:13 GMT

FILE – A plane wing – Pixabay/Foundry

FILE – A plane wing – Pixabay/Foundry

CAIRO – 1 June 2020: The government will discuss this week the issue of reopening airspace and operating flights again after a long halt over coronavirus (COVID-19), Cabinet’s spokesman Nader Saad said on Sunday.

Although Egypt has suspended flights due to the coronavirus crisis, the state’s flag carrier EgyptAir has operated several exceptional flights to many countries to bring the stranded nationals abroad.

Concerning coronavirus treatment, Saad said Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli has known about the extremely high price of treatment from the novel virus at private hospitals and has ordered forming a committee to put a price ceiling for private hospitals to adhere to.

“The relevant ministers will meet and determine this ceiling based on the available data for the prices of medical services. Private hospitals who are willing to treat coronavirus will have to adhere to the maximum price,” Saad said.

Details about the maximum price will be announced during the coming few days and maybe in less than a week, Saad said, adding that prices will vary according to the service provided, including the type of the room and whether the patient needs a ventilator or not.

Egypt reported 1536 new coronavirus, COVID-19 cases, Sunday, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 24985.

Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in the daily briefing that 46 patients have died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 959.

As many as 344 patients were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, taking the number of recovered cases to 6810 so far, the spokesman said.

The number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and received negative results has reached 6037, he added.

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